Personnel from Fire Station 158 serve pancakes at Gardena’s annual pancake breakfast. Photos courtesy Laura Walters.
by Laura Walters
Fire Station 158 helped out at the Gardena Police Department’s 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 1. Members of the public joined police officers and firefighters for this delicious pancake breakfast, which kicks off Gardena’s annual Heritage Festival and Street Fair.
The event allows residents to not only enjoy a good breakfast, but also the chance to talk with their first responders about their experiences while on the job.
Firefighters also wanted to raise the awareness of public safety in recognition of Fire Prevention Month. The firefighters spread awareness about the importance of having a working smoke detector and answered questions from the community about emergency services. It was also a good way for the kids to have a positive relationship with the firefighters and police officers.
“Any time that police officers and firefighters can sit down with kids in a community setting, as opposed to standing up in front of them and giving them a safety presentation, it makes it a fun experience. I ate pancakes with three of the kids and talked to them about what they were wearing for Halloween and what their favorite subject is in school,” Lt. Vince Osorio said. “Just in general, we want kids to be comfortable approaching people in uniform, and this type of setting is perfect for that.”
The event included music, arts, crafts, booths, and food. Attendees included the Gardena City Council and other city officials.
All proceeds from the breakfast proceeds benefit the Gardena Police K-9 Program.