CHEEKTOWAGA – The spirit of giving was alive and well Thanksgiving morning as a local restaurant donated several pancake breakfasts to the firefighters of Rescue Hose Company on Pine Ridge Road.
Nicole Vittie is the general manager of the International House of Pancakes at the Thruway Plaza.
“Being raised in a fireman’s household, you know how there is never enough thanks for all that the firemen do around the community for us, so this is our way of giving back,” Ms. Vittie said. My father was a fireman all of his life and still is; I stand out in the cold with him anytime that he needs me to be there with him and I feel that the firemen really contribute and really are a big part of our community.
Rescue Hose Fire Chief John Tryjankowski says it’s nice to know that the local businesses support the mission of the fire department.
“We are all volunteers here. We take time out of our day and it’s nice to know that the businesses recognize that and are willing to come out and feed us,” he said. “We’re happy to get out into the community and it’s nice that the community can come back to us.”
Last year, the fire department drove their fire trucks to the IHOP during National Pancake Day. Kids were able to interact with the firefighters and learn about the trucks and what its like to be a volunteer firefighter.
The life and property of the Town of Cheektowaga and the Village of Sloan are protected by men and women who volunteer their time. To learn more about joining your local fire department, visit Erie County’s Fire Safety page regarding volunteering.
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