When a local San Diego family experienced a fatal home fire, their community was devastated. The affected family wanted to help prepare their neighbors, in hopes of preventing other families from experiencing the same tragedy that had caused them so much grief.
That’s when the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties partnered with City of San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald, The Burn Institute and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to install smoke alarms in the Mountain View and Mount Hope communities during their local the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Overall, volunteers installed 132 smoke alarms in 38 households during the Day of Service.
“We saved lives today,” said Red Cross volunteer Cyndy Hoffman, who has participated in multiple smoke alarm installation events. “Every time I do it, I feel so fortunate to be participating in something so important.”