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Support and comfort food Fire Rescue Foundation hosts pancake breakfast

See larger Jarrett Lowery gets some help from his mother to butter his stack of pancakes at Sunday…s Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station sponsored by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

Jarrett Lowery gets some help from his mother to butter his stack of pancakes at Sunday…s Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station sponsored by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent

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  • It…s one big bite for Gracie Vari, 4, who joins her family for the "big breakfast" at Marco Island…s Fire Station Sunday. The Pancake Breakfast raised funds to help firefighters in time of hardship or need. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Jarrett Lowery gets some help from his mother to butter his stack of pancakes at Sunday…s Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station sponsored by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Stan Niemczyk, a member of Marco Island…s Fire Rescue Foundation Board, checks the consistency of batter at Sunday…s Pancake Breakfast held at the Fire Station.
Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • With the precision of a veteran firehouse cook, Fire Chief Mike Murphy makes sure his pancakes are the perfect consistency Sunday as part of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation…s fundraiser at the Fire Station. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • A plate of breakfast goodness is served to Mary Schuldt as friends Susan and Paul Candwell wait in line at Marco Island…s Fire Rescue Foundation…s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday at the Fire Station. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Proving he is an early riser and a good sport, Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Magel is one of the first to participate in Sunday…s Pancake Breakfast. Later, Magel flipped pancakes to help Marco Island…s Fire Rescue Foundation raise funds.
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  • At the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Monte Lazarus thanks Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, center, for drawing his name on the winning ticket for Marco Island…s Fire Rescue Foundation…s Cruise Raffle. Looking on is Donna Dohm, foundation president. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Notables Emily and Herb Savage join the line for breakfast Sunday to support the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation…s Pancake Breakfast held at the Fire Station. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Candles on her 'cakes marked Sloan Wheller…s birthday Sunday as she turned 5 years old at the Marco Island Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correspondent
  • Father, Austin Wheller, and son, Devon, sit down to enjoy a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast Sunday at Marco Island…s Fire Station. The breakfast was a fundraiser for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. Cheryl Ferrara / Eagle Correespondent

For Sloan Wheller, 5, Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast was also her birthday. Her parents marked the day by placing candles in her pancakes. The community turned out 557 people strong to celebrate at Marco Island’s Fire Station.

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