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Despite Rain, First Aid Squad Holds Successful Pancake Breakfast

By on May 20 2013.
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The following Press Release from the Springfield First Aid Squad was submitted to Springfielder.com

Springfield First Aid Squad Pancake Breakfast

Springfield First Aid Squad Pancake Breakfast

Under a steady drizzle, members of the First Aid Squad gathered early Sunday morning to decide whether or not to postpone their annual Pancake Breakfast in celebration of National Emergency Medical Services Week. After a good deal of deliberation, they decided to go ahead with the breakfast under the shelter of their ambulance bay.

Their perseverance held off, with the first of a nonstop stream of hungry customers arriving just after 8 a.m. All morning squad members, accustomed to answering emergencies and providing first aid, cooked and served pancakes to more than a hundred community members who braved the weather to support the First Aid Squad.

“We thought, given the weather, that nobody would show up,” said squad president Elizabeth J. Fritzen. “I guess we were wrong.”

Township Committeewoman Margaret Bandrowski presented the squad with a proclamation for Emergency Medical Services Week, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of squad members serving the town.

By noon, the squad had served up hundreds of plan, chocolate chip, and blueberry pancakes to a crowd ranging from toddlers to senior citizens in its ambulance bay. The pancake-eaters were helped by the fire and police departments, who stopped by during the morning for some breakfast.

The First Aid Squad more than doubled its proceeds from last year. “I can only imagine how well we’d have done if it was a nicer day,” commented one squad member.

Springfield First Aid Squad

Springfield First Aid Squad

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast help the squad fund operating expenses as well as its training expenses, which have gone up significantly since the state Emergency Medical Technician Training Fund ran out of money this year.

Since 1949 the Springfield First Aid Squad has provided emergency medical services to Springfield, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The squad relies upon the generosity of the community to support its operations, and is always in need of volunteers. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the First Aid Squad should visit them on the internet, www.SpringfieldFAS.org, or give them a call, (973)-908-8-EMS.



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