Pink Pancake Cherry Blossom festival breakfast brings out massive crowd
Pink pancake batter poured during the fire department’s annual fundraiser. Firefighters grilled sausage and pancakes to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Volunteer Sandie Parker recently lost her husband, Lt. Randy Parker, in a Fairview Drive house fire.
She says Randy participated every year in the fundraiser and added she feels like she’s carrying on his tradition of serving pink pancakes.
“He was up at four o’clock in the morning and coming down here and helping,” says Parker. “So I feel like that I’m able to come down here and somewhat try to fill his shoes to help, and it helps me being around all my fire department family, too. It helps ease that pain of how we’re missing him right now.”
One of the five firefighters injured in the Fairview Drive house fire was Capt. Ferrell Cromer.
Cromer was among the cooks grilling pancakes. The lieutenant says he was impressed with the large number of firefighters volunteering this year.
“Firefighters are born to serve and that’s the way I look at it,” says Cromer. “My mother passed away from breast cancer, so it’s just a way to help raise money for the Cancer Society.
During the breakfast, Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Marvin Riggins greeted Yasuo Horiuchi, the mayor of Macon’s sister city of Kurobe, Japan, and his delegation.