More than 40 homes in Maple Heights are safer, after volunteers from several veteran-related service groups partnered with the Red Cross and the Maple Heights Fire Department to install smoke alarms and share fire safety information on Saturday, April 22.
Volunteers from The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, and Team Red White and Blue went door-to-door in a neighborhood near Maple Heights High school to check existing smoke alarms, replace batteries, and install new smoke alarms where needed. They also shared valuable fire safety information.
The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. They deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve. The Cleveland 1st Service Platoon was launched this month.
Mikoyan Headen was grateful to have new smoke alarms installed in her home. She survived a home fire as a child. “Our house looked like burnt toast,” she said. “We lost everything and had to completely start over.”
Volunteers from another service group joined the Fire Safety Walk as well. Three members of “We’re Not Famous, But We Made It” also installed smoke alarms where needed. Volunteer James Davenport said, “Our members have hit bumps in the road along the way. We want to make sure we give back to the community.”
It’s a perfect time to give back. This is National Volunteer Week (April 23-29) and the Red Cross offers many volunteer opportunities. Visit us at redcross.org/neo to begin the application process.
See more photos from the Fire Safety Walk in Maple Heights by visiting our Flickr page.