Photo: Pancakes for Mesa Elementary

The Cortez Fire Protection District on Friday morning served a pancake breakfast to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Mesa Elementary School. Patricia Thornbrugh, a teacher at Mesa, organized the event, in which kids learned about kitchen safety while getting a breakfast.  Front to back are firefighters Tyrell Matthews, Kaelee Allmon, Assistant Chief Shawn Bittle, Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde, Lt. Mike Cabell, Matt Fudala (in Too Tall costume,) and Cory Elliott. Enlargephoto

Patricia Thornbrugh/For The journal

The Cortez Fire Protection District on Friday morning served a pancake breakfast to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Mesa Elementary School. Patricia Thornbrugh, a teacher at Mesa, organized the event, in which kids learned about kitchen safety while getting a breakfast. Front to back are firefighters Tyrell Matthews, Kaelee Allmon, Assistant Chief Shawn Bittle, Fire Chief Jeff Vandevoorde, Lt. Mike Cabell, Matt Fudala (in Too Tall costume,) and Cory Elliott.