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Pizza Ranch partners with Little Rice Emergency Service Unit for fundraiserSubmitted: 07/17/2019
Story By Rose McBride

Pizza Ranch partners with Little Rice Emergency Service Unit for fundraiser
RHINELANDER - Three emergency response vehicles sat outside Pizza Ranch in Rhinelander Wednesday night.

Not because of a fire, but because of a partnership. 

"Here we are here tonight raising money for the Little Rice ESU," said Little Rice Fire Department Chief Scott Pockat.


Back at a fire in May, Pizza Ranch and the Little Rice Emergency Service Unit were both on the scene providing food and beverages to the first responders.

Now, they're coming together once again. 

"We just wanted to help each other. You have to help your neighbors around here," said Pizza Ranch Assistant General Manager Lynne Larsen. 

Volunteers with Little Rice bussed tables in exchange for a share of the profits, plus tips, that the restaurant brought in Wednesday night. 

"It gets us out in the community to show that we're out trying to interact as much as we can," said Pockat. 

The owners of Pizza Ranch are volunteer firefighters, and well as Larsen. 

"I know I have personally been on scenes, very cold in the middle of the night, where Little Rice Canteen Unit comes and that hot cup of coffee is really appreciated," said Larsen. 

The Little Rice ESU is largely funded by donations. The event is a chance to give back to a department that gives so much to others.

"To have somebody come back and help us out, it's a great function," said Pockat. 


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