By Coastal Breeze News Staff
About 600 Marco Islanders and visitors descended on the Marco Island Firehouse on April 15th. It had nothing to do with income taxes; it was all about the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Annual Pancake Breakfast. Visitors from as far away as Europe enjoyed their breakfasts. One gentleman from Wales was there with his young daughter. He commented, “We’re here for a week and dropped in by chance. We had no idea it would be this wonderful. The food is great and we’ve received a warm welcome from everyone.”
Youngsters, parents and others were able to meet and get to know fire rescue employees and see the equipment they use. In past months the Fire Rescue Department has averaged as many as 21 calls per day for fires and other emergencies. Members of the Department have received numerous awards, including the coveted Phoenix Award for bringing to life people who were clinically dead.
Breakfasters were treated to scrambled eggs, sausages and the ubiquitous, famous pancakes. Members of the Foundation prepared almost endless gallons of batter for hungry attendees. Fire Rescue personnel were everywhere in the building on their own time to work the event.
Fire Rescue Foundation President Dianna Dohm said, “We’re grateful for the wonderful turnout for this annual breakfast event. This breakfast, and other events, such as “The Bravest v. The Finest” annual softball game that we stage with our other outstanding first responder partners, the Police Department, serve to bring our community together while providing islanders, part timers and tourists something to enjoy while relaxing on our incredibly beautiful island. We owe our magnificent women and men who serve as first responders our deepest gratitude for their skill, hard work and dedication.”
The Fire Rescue Foundation provides financial assistance to fire rescue personnel and their families in times of hardship. All members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors are volunteers who serve without pay, and funds that are collected from the generous people of Marco Island are used for those fire and rescue personnel in need of assistance.
Members of the public are invited to join the Foundation, or simply contribute to it. More information is available from Dianna Dohm at Mutual of Omaha Bank on San Marco Road.