The Exchange Club's Labor Day Pancake Breakfast is a labor of love.
Firefighters, police officers and volunteers have been flipping pancakes, grilling sausages and brewing coffee for more than 20 years, under the direction of Sande St. John, as summer draws to an end.
St. John, hobbling around on a crutch and probably headed for surgery to repair her leg injured in a fall at her daughter's home, still managed to mobilize the troops again this year. After spending the past two months in a wheelchair, St. John certainly wasn't going to allow a blustery wind or the occasional rain drop to dampen enthusiasm.
"People don't work on Labor Day — unless you know Sande," said Laguna Coastal Taxi's George Kiepper, a volunteer.
Retired Laguna Beach Police Officer Ted Falenchi said the Pancake Breakfast is an opportunity for off-duty officers to get out into the community.
"I'm here to help Larry Bammer," Falenchi said.