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WCNY Region Seeks Volunteers to Help Install Smoke Alarms During Sound the Alarm Event

Fire Safety

The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event between September 23-October 15.

“Sound the Alarm in Western and Central New York and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires,” said Rosie Taravella, American Red Cross, Western and Central New York Regional Chief Executive Officer. “By volunteering with the Red Cross, someone can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Please join us and help Sound the Alarm by volunteering in your community.” 

Volunteers will be installing smoke alarms at the following dates and areas:

·         Central New York: Saturday, October 7 (850 alarms)

·         Greater Rochester: Saturday, October 14 (700 alarms)

·         Western New York: Saturday, September 23-Sunday, October 15 (250 alarms)

·         Southern Tier: Saturday, September 23-Sunday, October 15 (100 alarms)

·         Finger Lakes: Saturday, September 23-Sunday, October 15 (100 alarms) 

If you are interested in joining with our Regional Sound the Alarm Cabinet members (listed below) in volunteering to educate people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms, please visit 

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. 

Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of May 31, 2017, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 258 lives, including two in Buffalo and one in Rochester. Between June 1, 2016-May 31, 2017, volunteers have installed 4,358 smoke alarms in Western and Central New York. 

To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.

2017-2018 Western and Central New York Sound the Alarm Cabinet Members


Mr. Ronald Papa, CEO, National Fire Adjustment Company, Inc.

Mr. John Spink, Vice President, Control Center Operations, National Grid


The Honorable Fred Akshar, NYS Senate District 52

Mr. Mike Beckwith, The Raymond Corporation; Deputy Fire Coordinator, Chenango County

Ms. Julie Bellone, Austin Physical Therapy

Dr. Cedric Alexander, Deputy Mayor, City of Rochester

The Honorable Chris Collins, Congressman, 27th District

Mr. Elton Davis, Deputy Chief, Syracuse Fire Department

Mr. Robert Duffy, President, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

The Honorable Patrick Gallivan, NYS Senate District 59

Ms. Nikki Hamblin, Manning & Napier

Mr. Vincent Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive

The Honorable Pamela J. Hunter, NYS Assembly District 128

The Honorable Timothy Kennedy, NYS Senate District 63

The Honorable Donna Lupardo, NYS Assembly District 123

Mr. Terry Madden, Senior Vice President, O’Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc.

Ms. Katherine McClung, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLCC

Ms. Tiffany Millerd, Fagan Engineers

The Honorable Angelo Morinello, NYS Assembly District 145

The Honorable Robert Oaks, NYS Assembly District 130

Mr. Patrick O’Flynn, Monroe County Sheriff

The Honorable Philip A. Palmesano, NYS Assembly District 132

Ms. Ann Rooney, Deputy Executive for Human Services, Onondaga County

Mr. Julio Saenz, General Manager, Poder 97.1 FM

Mr. John Schreiber, Fire Chief, City of Rochester

Ms. Maryellen Spoonhower, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company

The Honorable Albert A. Stirpe, Jr., NYS Assembly District 127

Mr. Peter Wallin, Wallin Insurance Agency, Inc.

Ms. Lovely Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester

Mr. Michael Weiner, President and CEO, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

Mr. Corey Williams, Data Analyst, Office of Shared Accountability, Syracuse City School District