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Fire breakfast co-chairs Tom Zeuli, left, and Aaron Zeuli pose with the Trek 820 bicycle from Art Doyle's Spokes & Pedals that will be raffled off at the breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning, April 14.

The annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Hudson Fire Department will have a theme this year.

The focus will be on health and wellness -- reflected in a revised menu and the distribution of materials about nutrition and exercise.

The event is set for 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 14, at the fire station, located in the city's Public Safety Building on Walnut Street across from City Hall.

"It's a good family event down here. It's a good chance for the community to not only see the fire station, but to see the trucks," said firefighter Tom Zeuli, co-chair of the breakfast with his son Lt. Aaron Zeuli.

The public will be allowed inside the fire engines for a closer look.

Aaron Zeuli is the chair of a new fire department committee that has been promoting a wellness program for the 42 volunteer members of the department.

The proceeds from the breakfast will used to fund the department's wellness program, which includes exercise regimens and some health club fee reimbursement.

"We're looking to promote wellness for the firefighters, as well as in the community," Aaron Zeuli said.

This year's breakfast menu will include fruit, applesauce, yogurt and turkey sausages, in addition to the standard flapjacks.

The Zeulis were hoping to be able to offer cranberry pancakes, too.

An added incentive to attend is the Trek 820 bicycle from Art Doyle's Spokes & Pedals that will be raffled off. Doyle will set up the bicycle to properly fit the winner.

The breakfast is provided for a free-will donation. Last year, approximately 1,100 people were fed.

The Hudson Lions Club helps the firefighters and their spouses with the cooking and serving.

Miss Hudson Kim Layman and her princesses and the North Hudson Pepper Fest royalty are expected to be in attendance.

It's a good opportunity for people to get to know their neighbors and support the fire department, said Tom Zeuli, a 35-year veteran of the department.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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