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Santa Visits Pelican Fire Department Submitted: 12/08/2012
RHINELANDER - It's the time of year when Santa makes his rounds to find out what everyone wants for Christmas. He stopped by the Pelican Fire Department today where local kids told him exactly what they most wanted to find under their Christmas tree.

For the third year the Pelican Fire Department welcomed area kids to spend the day at the station eating goodies and playing games.

"We are a volunteer fire department so we volunteer our time for that. This is just another way we give back to the community," says Nick Strupp, a Pelican Firefighter.

A big favorite was the combat challenge.

"It's mimicked off of an actual firefighter's combat challenge, just scaled down for the kids a little bit so they can have fun and see what we do," says Strupp.

But the showstopper was the man in red himself. The kids knew long before he got there what they'd be asking him for.

"I just want him to bring me anything he wants to bring me," says four-year-old Sophia Turner.

"Two furbies and a red fire truck and a race track," says four-year-old Garrett Hull.

"A big dinosaur," says four-year-old Caleb Luce.

The Fire Department collects donations at the event to take to the Northwoods Alliance on Temporary Housing. Last year they were able to deliver a box with more than 100 items to NATH after the Santa visit.

A day of giving back volunteers say is well worth it.


Story By: Lyndsey Stemm

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