Pancakes: The Taste of Community

Bringing out the bacon are, l-r, Junior Firefighters Liam Duncan, Jake Smith, and Davis Boyd.

Bringing out the bacon are, l-r, Junior Firefighters Liam Duncan, Jake Smith, and Davis Boyd.

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by John Stratton

The big pancakes are good. The scrambled eggs are good. The just-right pieces of toast are good. The browned sausages are good. The crisp bacon, likewise.

That’s for starters. It was a good pancake breakfast fund-raiser for the Junior Firefighters program at the Old Saybrook Fire Department, raising town awareness of the investment in the department and the people which keep them safe and sound. Good company, in a good cause this January 20, the first breakfast in a series.

Many people came in to the Main Street station after church on this Sunday morning, some from neighboring towns. Throughout the morning the eight Junior Firefighters and several Juniors-in-training worked together to organize and serve at the breakfast at the station on Main Street.

Joe Lacasse of Old Lyme was one of several who “came over the bridge” from his town to the east; active in “Veterans Helping Veterans” VFW programs, he’s aware of the importance of community volunteers and does his part. Harriet and Hank Stein came up from Clinton and “wouldn’t miss it!” And Sandy Petrasek, an Old Saybrook Acton Library circulation assistant, said that the breakfast was “the perfect next stop” after church, and that it “hit the spot.”

Little Kayla Franklin, who at 14 months was perhaps the youngest future-firefighter there, didn’t have much to actually say—but clearly enjoyed herself, along with her parents, Mike and Brenda Franklin. “We’re a firefighter family,” said Brenda.

More than 210 people of all ages and all walks of life dropped in to enjoy a hearty breakfast and chat with friends from Saybrook and other shoreline towns. A good many of the breakfast folks toured the station, with Juniors directing their attention to intricacies of the shining apparatus.

The all-volunteer department has been in operation since 1924 and responds to about 400 calls a year, from smoke alarms to serious accidents and fires. The Junior Division goes back about 18 years.

Rosina Boyd, the mother of the Juniors’ secretary-treasurer Davis Boyd, noted that the Junior program imparts a “strong sense of responsibility—it’s really like a brotherhood, not just for the kids, but for the kids and the adults who work together.”

Other Sunday morning breakfasts will be hosted on February 3, February 17, and March 3, all from 8 a.m. to noon at the Old Saybrook Fire Department headquarters, 310 Main Street, at the intersection of Main Street and Old Boston Post Road. In case of very inclement weather such as a major snow or ice storm, check the OSFD’s website at or call 860.857.5300.