Wayzata Fire Dept. Breakfast Benefits Officer Mathews' Family

September 17, 2017 06:16 PM

The Wayzata Fire Department held its 3rd annual pancake breakfast Sunday, and donated its proceeds to the Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Fund.

Mathews was killed Sept. 8 when he was struck by a driver as he cleared debris from Highway 12. On Sunday, his friends at the fire department put together a breakfast to benefit the wife and son he leaves behind.

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"He was a friend of everybody, but he was a friend of ours," Chief Kevin Klapprich said. "It's just something nice we wanted to do for the family." 

Klapprich was overwhelmed by the attendance Sunday morning, especially after last year's doubled from the inaugural breakfast.

"This has far exceeded that," Klapprich said. "Just unbelievable."

The dozens of tables were filled with firefighters and officers from other departments. Also in attendance were friends and even strangers who were grateful for Mathews' service.

"Extra reason why we're all here today," Wayzata resident Tara Engebretson said. "It's such an important cause for a family that's given so much to our community."

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