FAIRFIELD, NJ — More than 300 residents, friends and family members of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department attended the Fairfield Exempt Firemen’s Association’s 39th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.

The guests enjoyed unlimited pancakes, sausages, coffee, milk, tea and orange juice all served by the volunteer firefighters.

Fire Captain Joe Przybylinski said the department started the tradition 39 years ago, not only as a fundraiser, but also as a way to promote community spirit in a social environment.

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“All the exempt officers would like to thank all the firefighters who helped prepare for the event the night before and all those who helped the day of the breakfast,” said Przybylinski.


The tables were filled with people not only enjoying good food but also having fun conversing with each other and reminiscing about old times.


In the kitchen, Andy Williams was the super sausage griller, John Filipow was the master pancake-batter mixer, Ray Benson was the coffee technician, Bob Ober was the pancake flipper, and Dan Cerami and Matt Napolitano were kitchen aides.


James Lowe, who has been affiliated with the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, with his wife, Loretta, daughters Arlene and Debbie, daughter-in-law Kimberly, grandsons Aaron and Matthew, great-grandson James and great granddaughter Delainey, were all there to support the department.


“We have been coming for 39 years and have never missed one,” said Loretta, who said the Lowes enjoyed being with their family and friends at the event. “The food is always good.”


Michele Hrycyshyn, a regular attendee, stated that she comes to the breakfast every year in order to support the members of the fire department for all their hard work and dedication.


“The food is always good, and I love the community spirit,” said Hrycyshyn.

Children and parents also had the opportunity to have a firsthand look at the fire trucks, firefighting equipment and rescue equipment that the Fairfield Volunteer Firefighters use when responding to emergency calls.

The following is a list of members of the Fairfield Township Volunteer Fire Department:

Dan Alberti, James Artale, Raymond Benson, Tim Bray, Anthony Cassera, Anthoney Celentano, Daniel Cerami, Anthony Cifelli, Alex Collin, Timothy Connolly, Michael Contreras, Brian Cusano, Frank Cusano, Anthony Depascale, John Filipow, William Fitzgerald, II, William Fitzgerald, Gene Iandolo, Justin Iandolo, Dominic Jandoli, Patrick J. Kaplan, Brian Kassa, Dennis Koch, James Lowe, Ryan C. McNamara, Wesley Mierzwa, Chris Minardi, Kenneth Myron, Matthew Napolitano, Joseph Odee, Vincent Odee, Joseph Przybylinski, Andrew Scalo, Clifford M. Scholtz, Eric Schubert, William Smith, Sean Smith, Mark Watkins and Andrew Williams.