CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of pancakes were served Sunday to buy protective vests for Chicago Police officers, at Ald. Matt O’Shea’s seventh annual Get Behind the Vest Pancake Breakfast.

This year, it was a drive-through and delivery event because of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 100 volunteers gathered Sunday morning at St. John Fisher School, at 10200 S. Washtenaw Ave. in the Beverly neighborhood.

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They made, packaged, and delivered more than 900 pancake and sausage breakfasts.

Officers have to replace worn vests out of their own pockets at a cost of around $2,000.

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O’Shea (19th) talked about the officers’ importance to the city.

“Mothers and fathers leave their home every day – putting themselves on the line. They’re the backbone of our communities,” he said. “So I stand with them, today and every day.”

Police Supt. David Brown stopped by to flip pancakes and deliver breakfasts to Gold Star Families – the relatives of fallen officers.

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Over the last six years, O’Shea’s pancake breakfasts have donated more than $183,000 to Get Behind the Vest, funding the replacement of more than 11,000 vests.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff