A damp, cool fall morning was no match for the warm atmosphere on display at the Waconia Fire Station on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6 when the Waconia Fire Department held its fall pancake breakfast fundraiser.
Approximately 750 people attended the breakfast, which has a sister event in the spring. On behalf of the department, Fire Chief Mark Morse thanked the community for its continuing support.
The breakfast is held in conjunction with the start of National Fire Prevention Week, which was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 event that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.
In 2013, the theme for National Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” According to Morse, fires related to cooking are the leading cause of fires in homes in the United States. A wealth of information about National Fire Prevention Week and fire safety is available at www.nfpa.org.
At the local level, the Waconia Fire Department and the National Fire Safety Council partner to raise funds to purchase fire prevention materials specifically for use in all public and private schools located in ISD 110 during the week. Many local businesses and organizations answered the call, collectively donating $2,340 to purchase these materials. The donors include: Emergency Physicians & Consultants, KleinBank, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Midwest Expanded Metal, Waconia Farm & Home Supply, A-1 Electric Service/Waconia, Everson’s Hardware Hank, Oakwood Community Church, Double ‘A’ Trucking of Waconia, Johnson Funeral Home, VFW Auxiliary Post #5462, Yetzer’s Floor to Ceiling, Paul & Barbara Radde, St. Joseph Church & School, Melchert Hubert Sjodin, PLLP, Subway Sandwiches & Salads, Waconia VFW Post #5462, American Legion Post #150, Koch School Bus Service, Waconia Manufacturing, Waconia Veterinary Clinic, Pine Products, Waconia Transport Co., First Street Hair Studio and DMA Dentistry.
“Without their generous annual donations, we would be unable to fund this program and provide the children of our community these materials to take home and share with their families,” Morse said. “The Waconia Fire Department deeply appreciates their contribution to making our community safer. Fire prevention and education is one of the most important things we do as an organization and are deeply thankful for their support.”
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