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Saturday morning pancake feed will help firefighters’ charity efforts

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This summer I wrote about a group of firefighters mobilizing to help Irma Blair, the widow of the first firefighter to die on duty in the 127-year history of the Lawrence Fire Department. Blair’s husband, Mark Blair, died at age 34 fighting a house fire in 1986. More than 30 years later, firefighters are helping Irma Blair as she undergoes treatment for cancer.

That group of firefighters is the Lawrence Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation. Blair’s case is just one of the efforts the foundation has undertaken since recently forming as a formal nonprofit.

For those of you who like pancakes on Saturday mornings, here’s an opportunity to get some for a good cause.

The Foundation is planning a “Hotcake Chow Down” from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 2030 W. 23rd St. It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast for $5 plus any additional free-will donations.

Foundation Chairman Tim Reazin, a firefighter who’s also the mayor of Eudora, said the foundation also has built a ramp for a disabled firefighter and supported Muscular Dystrophy Association, Relay for Life and the Special Olympics. The group’s Facebook page is at facebook.com/Lawrence-Professional-Firefighters-Charitable-Foundation-177182009354565/.

Volunteers organized by the Lawrence Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation work on the Lawrence house of Irma Blair. Blair is the widow of Mark Blair, a Lawrence firefighter who was killed on duty in 1986.

Volunteers organized by the Lawrence Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation work on the Lawrence house of Irma Blair. Blair is the widow of Mark Blair, a Lawrence firefighter who was killed on duty in 1986.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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