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Annual thank-you breakfast at The Stafford gives residents, firefighters a chance to meet in a non-emergency situation


REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Fire Department Assistant Chief David Morris visits with Gloria Wetmore (left) and Ron Wetmore during breakfast Friday at The Stafford Retirement Community. When the residents of The Stafford Retirement Community sat down for breakfast last Friday, they were joined by several members of the Lake Oswego Fire Department for an annual gathering where residents and firefighters get the opportunity to meet face-to-face.

“These guys go above and beyond,” said The Stafford Marketing and Admissions Director Rita Segura. “I’ve seen them in action, and they’re as kind as anyone could be — very competent and respectful of our residents. I hope this breakfast gives them a little inkling of how appreciative we are.”

According to LOFD Lt. Paul Lauritzon, The Stafford doesn’t have permanent medical personnel on staff, so the LOFD is frequently called in to respond to residential medical emergencies.REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - LOFD Driver Engineer Brad Hensley enjoys a chat with resident Louise Eddy during breakfast at The Stafford.

“This is one of the facilities we respond to quite often. We’ve got a fire station practically around the corner, so our response time is very good,” Assistant

Chief David Morris told The Review. “They’re recognizing the work and help we put in.”

According to LOFD Administrative Assistant Karen Carnahan, the community began hosting the breakfast approximately seven years ago as a way to say thank you to the fire department. A number of residents attended, and said they had been looking forward to the event.

“They sent out a bulletin to all the residents’ apartments several days in advance,” said resident Janice Swanson.

Multiple residents said they were grateful for the quick response time from the fire department, and described it as one of the standout features of living at The Stafford.

“I like it here — particularly with the rapid medical and fire protection,” said resident Bob Frantz.

“This location is very fortunate to have the emergency medical help nearby and responding so rapidly,” said resident Noel Flynn. “We do appreciate it.”REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - LOFD Lt. Paul Lauritzon enjoys breakfast with resident Lea Eastin at The Stafford.

For the firefighters in attendance, the event was also an opportunity to catch up with residents under non-emergency conditions. Lauritzon said many firefighters end up getting to know residents over the course of multiple calls.

“We’re on a first-name basis with some people. You build up a friendship with these guys,” he said. “When they move out, it gets kind of sad. I always like to talk to people and get their history.”

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