HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights Fire Division has a new supply of Carbon Monoxide detectors for residents thanks to a donation by the Dayton Firefighters Federal Credit Union (DFFCU).
The donation was received by Chief Mark Ashworth and several firefighters at Station 22 last week.
“This is huge for us, and we are grateful to the Dayton Firefighters Federal Credit Union for this donation,” said Ashworth. “Carbon Monoxide detectors need to go hand in hand with smoke detectors. Carbon Monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason – you don’t know when you may have a malfunctioning water heater or furnace because you can’t smell it – unlike smoke.”
Shannon O’Neill, Marketing Manager for DFFCU, said that the donation was prompted by the tragedy in Troy last years where three children were killed due to CO poisoning. The funds were raised from the credit union’s annual skip-pay promotion.
“Serving the community and the local fire departments is what we are all about,” said O’Neill. “With this donation, we have a chance to help prevent a potential tragedy.”
Ashworth said the donation was timely as well as the department had run out of its stock of CO detectors.
“The timing couldn’t have been better for us, we had just run out of the last of our Carbon Monoxide detectors,” said Ashworth. “This program is really funded through donations from the local business community.”
The smoke detectors will be distributed to those with a demonstrated need. Ashworth said priority will be given to the elderly and young families. Those who would like to request a detector can call 233-1564.
“We will ask some questions and evaluate the needs of the family and get them installed,” he said.
Ashworth said that every home should make the investment to purchase a CO detector.
“We are seeing more and more families who are dying because of Carbon Monoxide, and its a small investment, maybe $30, and that’s a small investment to make to protect your family,” said Ashworth. “If you have the ability to purchase one of these, please don’t rely on these – let us use these for those truly in need.”
The DFFCU donated a total of 321 CO detectors to fire departments in Dayton, Kettering, Trotwood, Riverside, and Huber Heights. The donation totaled nearly $4,400.
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