Pancakes served up to help injured firefighter
FLORENCE, S.C. — Members of the Pee Dee first responder community came together Saturday morning for a good cause, one of their own who was injured while working his regular job. And pancakes, there were pancakes too.
Howe Spring Fire Department Chaplain Wayne Lawhon was injured while working with his family business, Lawhon Tree Service, and is in Charlotte, N.C., undergoing rehabilitation, said Howe Springs Fire Chief William Dillon.
While accustomed to supervising his team fighting fires, Dillon on Saturday was overseeing his firefighters waiting tables at Fatz Cafe on West Lucas Street in Florence. Firefighters hustled pancakes out of the kitchen and onto diners’ tables.
“He’s going to be there for at least a few more weeks and then he’ll come home and start rehab at home,” Dillon said of Lawhon. “He’s recovering well.”
“We’re just trying to help take care of the family and keep their bills paid until he can get back on his feet and get to work. We’re hoping for a good outcome here,” Dillon said.
Fatz Cafe donated the use of its facility as well as kitchen staff to prepare pancakes while Howe Springs served up the meals and cleared the tables afterward and covered the cost of the materials.
“The community has really supported us,” Dillon said. “The city of Florence has sent firefighters out here to eat. We have Florence County EMS out here eating. We had West Florence Fire Department eating. Darlingon County Fire Department is out here. A lot of support from the first responder community.”
Lawhon is also an outreach minister for the Effingham Church of God whose congregants also turned out for the fundraiser.
“We’re hoping to maybe make a few hundred dollars or maybe a thousand. We’re looking at feeding about 200 people,” Dillon said.