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Heroes Breakfast to be Sept. 10

Friday, August 26, 2011

First responders enjoy a buffet-style breakfast at last year's Heroes Breakfast. This year the breakfast will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8-11 a.m.
Two Clay County businesses are joining forces to honor and thank local "heroes" Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8-11 a.m.

Volunteer workers from Pappy's Bar-B-Que, 111 East National Avenue, Brazil, and Cloverleaf Healthcare skilled nursing facility, Knightsville, will serve a complimentary breakfast to local first responders for the second annual "Heroes Breakfast."

Cloverleaf Community Liaison Director Lisa Bell and Pappy's owner Rick Bell are heading up the event to give back to those who risk their lives for the betterment of others.

"There are a lot of programs to thank veterans and military personnel, but there aren't a lot for first responders," Rick said. "We want to give them a pat on the back."

Rick's two sons are both first responders. His son Jon Bell works as a prison guard at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Rick is also the father of Robert Bell, a Brazil City firefighter, and Robert is married to Lisa.

"We plan to send out to-go orders to the first responders who are working during the time of the breakfast," Lisa said. "We are going to make deliveries to St. Vincent Clay and other places."

On the day of the Heroes Breakfast, first responder personnel can come to Pappy's with their co-workers to enjoy food made from scratch.

The food will be served buffet-style, and items on the menu include scrambled eggs, bacon, french toast, sausage, biscuits and gravy and hashbrown casserole.

Milk, orange juice, water, coffee, tea and fountain drinks will also be available.

Pappy's Bar-B-Que expects to serve between 70-80 first responders in house.

The restaurant currently seats approximately 74 guests, however, Rick is considering opening up an expansion, which would allow for 50 more guests.

"Eventually, we plan to permanently expand the place and have a grand re-opening," Rick said.

Those welcome to attend include employees from the mayor's office, local police and sheriff's departments, sheriff's posse, courthouse, ambulance companies, area hospital staff, search and rescue teams, air evac., dispatch, nursing homes, national guard, doctors offices and anyone else who considers themselves a first responder.

"We like it being a personal event," Lisa said. "We get the opportunity to walk around and thank people for their service to the community."

All the money to host the "Heroes Breakfast" comes from Pappy's personal pocket.

There will be eight Cloverleaf employees to run the front of the restaurant house, and five Pappy's employees on-hand during the breakfast to run the back of the house. However, there will be 12 Pappy's volunteers all together to help set-up and provide other necessities.

"We have 100 percent volunteer participation from the restaurant employees," Rick said.

Pappy's employee Stephanie McMains, 20, will be one of the volunteers serving heroes.

"It's for a good cause, and a good way to say thanks," McMains said. "Instead of sleeping in that Saturday morning, I'll be devoting my time to the breakfast."

In addition, Lisa told The Brazil Times, Pastor Ernie Rush, the unofficial heroes breakfast minister, will be there to open with a prayer and lead in a moment-of-silence.

To prepare for the breakfast, Rick will start work at 4 a.m. Saturday morning, and the other volunteer staff member will join him around 7 a.m. to decorate and prepare all the food.

"The French Funeral Home used to do a lunch in the park, but they don't anymore," Rick said. "We just figured it would be a great thing to continue."

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