Syrup, smiles and giving back

Parker firefighter Trent Kuchta got creative during the annual Parker firefighters’ pancake feed when he tossed a pancake in mid-air for firefighter Josh Ketchum to catch. (Photo/Dawn Rye) 

Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor

For the second year in a row, the Parker Fire Department hosted a pancake feed over the weekend. 

Fire Chief Max Masters explained that in the past, they have helped other groups with their feeds, but last year began hosting their own. 

Masters said although they didn’t take a headcount, they believe about 300 people took part in the meal. 

“I think it’s nice for people from the area to be able to gather and share a meal while supporting a great cause.  It’s a very cost effective fundraiser for us,” he said. 

The funds that come in from this fundraiser, and their largest yearly fundraiser, Bingo, helps the department purchase equipment. 

Masters noted that this year, with the monies raised over the years, the department has purchased a newer vehicle to replace their current rescue unit. 

“There are a couple more things we need to purchase before this vehicle is ready to be put into service,” said Masters. 

He noted that over the last two years, in addition to their funds and grants they have been awarded, the city has allocated funds to replace their structural PPE which was outdated and in some cases, not properly fitted newer members. 

“This was a significant investment of around $50,000. With this large purchase price and the continued research involving high rates of certain cancers in firefighters, we have purchased a commercial grade washer/extractor to use to wash carcinogenic particles off our gear and reduce wear and tear,” Masters explained. “This will allow us to hopefully keep this gear in great shape while at the same time protecting our team.” 

The washer was purchased with funds from Bingo, the pancake feed, one night of Bingo at the Turner County Fair and their state Wildland contract. 

Masters noted that they have sponsors who help with the upfront costs of materials so that anything they collect can go directly towards they fire department. 

“Without those businesses and individuals, we wouldn’t be able to continue with many of our fundraising events,” he concluded. 

Comments are closed.

  • Saying goodbye to a piece of school history

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    Sheriff’s office received grant to hire deputy

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioners meeting, a motion was made to approve the grant for […]


    Local accidents include fatality

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, a Harrisburg teen has been identified as the […]


    Parker awarded $1,845.00 for mosquito control

    July 8th, 2020
    by

    PIERRE – More than 200 South Dakota cities, counties and tribes will share in $500,000 in grants intended to control […]


    The Fair will not go on

    July 1st, 2020
    by

    Sarah Ebeling | Managing Editor The Turner County Fairgrounds will sit idle next month when it comes time for the […]


  • Merrill ‘s conditional use permit granted

    July 1st, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s planning and zoning meeting, Allen and Kristie Merrill petitioned the board to operate […]


    Roth’s driveway application approved

    July 1st, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioners meeting, a motionwas  made to approve the driveway application for […]


    New requirements for hunting and fishing

    July 1st, 2020
    by

    Tammy Chamley |  Dells City Journal Editor The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) is requiring the habitat […]


    Andersen retires after 38 years

    June 26th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer Marlys Andersen started her career at the Turner County Courthouse in 1982 and on Tuesday, June […]


    Roth driveway application tabled

    June 26th, 2020
    by

    Dawn Rye | Writer During last week’s Turner County commissioners meeting, a motion was made to table Gordon Roth’s driveway […]


  • What’s Happening

    Parker Blue 10U still perfect at 9-0

    Shane Merrill | Writer Parker Blue had another perfect showing last week, facing the #2 and #3 ranked teams in […]

    Nikki Lavonne Anderson Rowenhorst

    74 Thursday, June 25 Parker Nikki is the daughter of Gladys Wilson Anderson, Robert Montondo and Wallace Anderson and was […]

    Waldo Jorgensen

    93 Friday, June 19 Hurley Waldo Jorgensen was born on Dec. 13, 1926, in Viborg. Waldo married Marilyn Myreholt on […]