Firefighters Want Smoke Detectors In Every Home In County

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Its been a deadly fire season this winter in a central Kentucky county. Now firefighters there are working to make sure every home is safe, should a fire break out.

Five people have died in two separate fires this winter in Montgomery County. This includes a fire on Christmas Eve that killed three young boys; Brandon, Wayne, and Timmy Elam, and their 17-year-old cousin Shirley Rothwell. Another fire a week later killed an older gentleman, Harvey Caudill.

Firefighters say it appears in both fires the victims were sleeping and none of the homes had smoke detectors.

Now, fire crews are working to make sure every home in the county is ready for a fire.

The Montgomery County Fire Department says its goal for 2009 is to get a smoke detector into every home in the county.

"Anything we can do to get people to realize smoke detectors save lives...we'll do", says Dewon Wells, a paramedic with the Montgomery County Fire Department.

Wells says the fire department has programs periodically to inform people about the importance of having the devices in homes, but based on the recent deadly fires, people may not be listening.

The fire department is looking for a sponsor who will help pay for the program to get a smoke detector into every home in the county.

"We're hoping someone will see the tragedies that have taken place and how important these smoke detectors are in peoples homes", says Chief Larry Potter, with the Montgomery County Fire Department.

"If the smoke detector saves one life, I don't think you can put a price on that", says Dewon Wells.

Firefighters say if you would like to help their smoke detector effort, you can contact the Montgomery County Fire Department.

Fire officials say everyone should have a smoke detector in each bedroom, the living room and a hallway in their home.

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