Pancakes Help Fire Department Pay For Equipment

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Breakfast is helping our local firefighters.

On Sunday, April 6th, 2014, the Colona Fire Department held its 38th Annual Pancake Breakfast.

Chief John Swan says the cost to indulge was a donation and all the proceeds this year will play for a ventilation machine that firefighters will install in one of their trucks.

"Over 70% of the fire services in Illinois are volunteer-based and a lot of the funds that are brought into the smaller communities are extra funds that help bring those extra little life-saving equipment that we need," he says.

"A lot of fire departments around the area raise money through their pancake breakfasts and so it works out great for all of us."

The Colona Fire Department holds two pancake breakfasts every year - one in the spring and one in the fall. Chief Swan says the one in the fall usually takes place the first Sunday in November.

He adds their success comes from the people they serve.

"We want to thank our community and everybody that supports us."

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