Morenci Fire Department giving free smoke detectors 12.16

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci Fire Department members offered free smoke detectors at their open house celebration last summer. They got rid of a few.

Now they’re taking their effort one step further: a free detector with free installation.

Two house fires with fatalities in the past two years have left firefighters frustrated, knowing there’s an absence of smoke detectors in many homes.

There’s a sign-up sheet in the fire hall for members to choose an evening when they’re able to go out with tools and a ladder and get some detectors hung up.

“We’re ready to go with this,” said department member Kim Valentine. “And we’re not in the business of doing fire inspections. We just want to get some detectors up.”

Valentine said the volunteers will answer questions that citizens might have about fire safety, but their goal is to save lives through working smoke detectors.

The department has a list of a few people who have called in the past.  Auxiliary member Alice Lonis will assist with scheduling installation appointments. Anyone else interested in free detectors should call the fire department at 458-2301.

The department has about 40 detectors on hand that were purchased by the Morenci Kiwanis Club. When those are gone—and Valentine hopes that will be soon—the department will seek funding for additional detectors.

The number of detectors installed will depend on the layout of the house.

  • Front.nok Hok
    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.leaves
    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
  • Front.band
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016