Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Mike Helton and his wife, Susie, got up at 4 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, to start cooking breakfast for the entire police department.

"Mike really wanted to do something special for the officers," says Mrs. Helton. "We talked it over and decided a home-cooked breakfast would be fun. We served the meal from six in the morning till 8:30 a.m. so those coming off the night shift and those going onto the day shift would all be able to enjoy it."

When the cooking was done, six dozen eggs and six pounds of bacon had been sizzled up. There was also sausage, biscuits, gravy, fruit and coffee. Then there was Mrs. Helton’s famous hash brown casserole that almost wasn’t. "It took longer to bake than it was supposed to, but it finally got done," says Mrs. Helton. "It’s always popular dish when I make it."

The Heltons’ daughter Karly, who works for the Ringgold Visitor Center, was also on hand for the breakfast. "Karly helped transport food – we did part of the cooking at home – and she helped serve," says Mrs. Helton. "I think the officers really enjoyed the breakfast and we all had a lot of fun."