A hot meal on a cold day

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Firefighters don aprons to feed workers

By Denyse Clark

The icy weather Wednesday, Feb. 12, didn’t hamper a quarter-century winter storm tradition in Lancaster. 


Actually, the winter storm was the reason for the anticipated event.

Lancaster Fire Department firefighters prepared chicken bog for more than 100 city and county employees who worked throughout the day.

“We’ve been doing this for the last 25 years,” said LFD Chief Chuck Small. “When Chief Cotton Cole was in office, he came up with the chicken bog idea. He made it and everybody liked it.” 

Because of the snowy weather, Small said the luncheon, which is usually served at Fire Station 1 on Arch Street, was also set up at Station 2 on Hubbard Drive across from the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

“We planned for about 110 plates and we sent plates to the 911 Center,” Small said.

Helping Lancaster’s public servants who help those in need is the sole purpose for this luncheon, which is only held during storms, Small said. 

“It’s just emergency services trying to band together,” he said. “Basically, it's a service just to feed our brothers and sisters.”


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152