On Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 the American Red Cross partnered with the Arlington Fire Department and Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl teams to install 130 free smoke alarms in Arlington’s Friendly Village neighborhood.
Players from Army West Point and the University of Houston, Red Cross volunteers and fire department personnel installed alarms and provided home fire safety education as part of the Red Cross Sound the Alarm home fire prevention campaign.
“We’re very excited to be here with our Red Cross partners, Armed Forces Bowl athletes and many others to provide smoke alarms to this community,” Lt. Mike Joiner, Arlington FD, said. “Early detection is critical in a fire event and we are excited to get out here and provide this service.”
Houston freshman cornerback Johnathan Phenix was one of six Houston Cougars to participate in today’s event. Two current and one former Army Black Knight volunteered.
Phenix said, “Being able to help people and seeing the smiles on their faces makes me feel like a better person and that I know we made their lives safer.”
Since launching the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, volunteers and members of 4,400 partner organizations have installed more than 1.4 million smoke alarms, reached nearly 1.2 million kids through youth preparedness programs and helped create more than 590,000 home fire escape plans.
“The Red Cross is proud to partner with the Armed Forces Bowl every year and the smoke alarm installation event has become an important part of that collaboration,” Keith Rhodes, CEO, Red Cross North Texas, said. “Watching these student-athletes, volunteers and members of the fire department work together to make our community safer is very special, especially at this time of year.”