Firefighters host annual fish fry in Prairie Township

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The occasional thunderstorm and the steamy temperatures did not deter people from coming out to devour nearly 2,500 pounds of ocean perch at the 74th annual Fish Fry held on June 28-29. Hosted by the Prairie Township Firefighters Association, the proceeds of the beloved westside staple go toward the purchase of items and equipment for the department and it also helps to fund other community events. Among the hundreds of volunteers who contributed to the success of feeding the hungry patrons during the two-day event was firefighter Nathan Wright, shown here preparing to carefully place the breaded ocean perch in the hot oil.
Prairie Township Fire Department Lt. Matt Heinlein gets ready to cut into the pecan pie. In addition to pecan pie, the department also served apple pie, cherry pie, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin pie and chocolate cake. Heinlein said he could vouch for the tastiness of all varieties. “I’ve had two of each,” he quipped.
Overseeing the level of crispness of the ocean perch is firefighter Mike Habak.
Firefighter D.J. McKinney briefly steps away from stirring his famous beans to help thaw out the ocean perch.
Cap City Falcons cheerleaders have a bit of fun at the fish fry. Pictured at the top of the pyramid is Maddie Halley; pictured from left to right at the bottom are Kyniah Pierson, Aundrea Taylor, and Staciana Jones.
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