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Firefighters cook for a cause
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Great Bend Fire Department Capt. Kevin Stansfield, left, and Fire Inspector Mark Orth serve spaghetti and meat sauce, Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knights of Columbus. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

There were no fires in Great Bend on Thursday, but firefighters were busy serving spaghetti at the Knights of Columbus. It was the Great Bend Fire Department’s 10th annual Spaghetti Supper, which included a drawing for many prizes, all donated by area businesses.
Battalion Chief John Stettinger said 1,030 people were served the firefighters’ food. “We do our own cooking. People seem to like it.”
Mike Thill from Great Bend won the grand prize, a trip to Las Vegas.
Proceeds from the dinner and drawing will go to a number of charitable  causes — including Honor Flights for World War II veterans to visit Washington, D.C. Stettinger said an area veteran was in Washington this past week, courtesy of the GBFD. Firefighters also give to Relay for Life, Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation and others, and they support the American Red Cross fund that helps families displaced by fires.
Stettinger didn’t know yet how much money was raised, but said turnout was better than in 2013, when the dinner and drawing raised over $4,000.