The day Fort Dodge Firefighters and the American Red Cross installed smoke alarms in their home in October 2015, Jamie Robinson and Ed Derrig never thought they would need them. But after everyone had gone to bed on a cold, January night, they did.
The high-pitch sound from two new smoke alarms woke up Robinson, Derrig and their two young daughters,10-year-old Mackenzie and 7-year-old Abby, alerting them to danger, alerting them to get out. Quickly, they put into play the fire escape plan that they worked on with the Red Cross back in October. “Me and my mommy we were talking,” Abby said. “And, we said we had to get out and go to the neighbor’s house really fast.”
Three months earlier, Red Cross volunteer Peggy Jordan, Fort Dodge Firefighter, Lieutenant Jason Vandi and Steve and Wanda Hart, an employee at the Fort Dodge Walmart, knocked on the Derrig’s door as part of a one-day fire safety project in their neighborhood.
Read more of their story here: Iowa Family Credits Smoke Alarms for Saving Lives