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Kingsville Fire hosts pancake breakfast to offer help to local families and raise awareness

by Garrett Fodor

Closing out Fire Prevention Week, members of the Kingsville Fire Department were cooking up an extra special surprise to educate children and support the community.

On Saturday, October 14, the Kingsville Fire Department concluded its week of educating youth with a full plate of activities at their annual pancake fundraiser hosted at Ridgeview Park in Cottam. After enjoying breakfast, complete with pancakes, syrup, and sausages, families were able to educate themselves on fire safety and fire prevention with the help of local firefighters.

“It’s truly incredible to see the community come out and support this cause, knowing the money raised will go to families in need around the holidays. The turnout exceeded our expectations,” Jeromy Garant, Deputy Fire Chief for Kingsville Fire and Rescue, said. “It’s important to educate families and children on fire safety and how these precautions save lives.”

Outside of the breakfast, Firefighters had educational materials available, along with a meet and greet with Sparky the fire dog, and arts and crafts available for children.

Garant noted that while the breakfast was a popular feature for families, the real hit of the day was the Firefighters and the fire trucks.

“We saw probably a dozen kids show up in their firefighter Halloween costumes,” Garant said. “It’s extremely rewarding, seeing their excitement and connecting with them. They are always so excited to get a fire hat and to go in the trucks and see how everything works and honk the horn. The smiles around are great.”

Garant thanked everyone who attended and helped to support families in need. He said funds raised at the event will be spread out across several local organizations, as well as to families in need. He encourages everyone to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors to ensure they are all functioning.


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