Community rewards Lake Country fire fighters

Restaurateurs step forward with help from their friends to cook up a dinner of thanks

Lake Country firefighters received a special treat before their fire practice on Monday night and it came from one of the district’s restaurateurs and her friends.

Husband and wife team Chantana and Don Pitiwan — owners and operators of Chantana’s Thai Food in Lake Country — cooked up a traditional Thai dinner for Lake Country’s contingent of firefighters on Monday night.

It was a thanks for the group’s efforts at battling the Okanagan Centre fire that destroyed eight homes in Lake Country 10 days ago.

“I wanted to thank them for keeping everybody safe,” said Chantana. “We lost some houses, it was very sad for them. (The firefighters) work very hard. I just wanted to say thanks.”

The meal was cooked at Chantana’s but she said other businesses also donated food to help prepare a large meal. Lake Country has some 60 paid, on-call firefighters and five paid staff members.

Chantana and Don opened the the restaurant about seven years ago in Lake Country and Chantana says it’s a great community to operate in, adding it was no problem cooking such a large meal and reiterating it was about the firefighters.

The dinner was picked up by the fire department and delivered the fire hall before the firefighters held their regular practice Monday.