SANTAQUIN, Utah– This year’s annual Memorial Day breakfast put on by the local volunteer fire department drew a large crowd to the Santaquin fire station. Estimates for this year’s breakfast showed an attendance of roughly 1800-2000 people.
The breakfast, in its 11th year now, serves as the department’s fundraiser to purchase flags for the coffins of deceased firefighters and flowers for the wives of the firefighters.
They also donate money to the University of Utah Hospital’s Burn Center, where burn victims – firefighters included – are treated. This year they expect to donate more than $500 to the center.
Captain Jason Allsop organized the Memorial Day breakfast this year and was happy with the turnout. He thinks the breakfast is so popular in town because it brings the community together.
“Everybody sits and chats with their neighbors,” said Allsop. “It’s a good community social event.”
Captain Jesse Smith was in charge of buying the food for this year’s event. He said the department spends around $1300 on the food items. This year they went through 1200 pieces of sausage and 14 cases of hashbrowns.
A cotton candy booth was also set up outside of the fire house for those looking for a little dessert after breakfast.