Neighbors Welcome Red Cross Sound the Alarm Teams

More than 300 volunteers gathered in the Southeast Raleigh and Garner areas on Saturday, May 5, 2018, to help keep their neighbors safe from home fires by installing free smoke alarms in local homes.

This Sound the Alarm event was part of a nationwide Red Cross effort to install 100,000 smoke alarms in more than 100 major cities across the country. Volunteers with the Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina were proud to be a part of this effort.

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Team captain Bette Turner (right) picks up a ladder, smoke alarms, and educational materials before Team #73 heads out on the road to install smoke alarms in Garner, N.C.

Enthusiastic  Sound the Alarm – Raleigh N.C. Team #73 began their day on May 5, by knocking on the first door on their assigned route in Garner N.C.’s Green Spring Valley mobile home community. With equal enthusiasm and hospitality, the Quevedo family interrupted their breakfast and welcomed the Red Cross volunteers into their home to install alarms and learn about home fire safety tips.

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Red Cross volunteer Charles Bumpus (back, center) shows the smoke alarm he is about to install at the Quevedo home.

Red Cross team members Charles Bumpus and Bill Ford installed two new smoke alarms in the home, while team member Bette Turner spoke with Mrs. Quevedo and her children.  Mrs. Quevedo explained she also had extended family living nearby who needed smoke alarms.

As Team #73 began those installations a few doors down, four firefighters from Garner’s Fire & Rescue Station 3 rolled up to assist. Immediately, neighborhood children appeared in the street, eyeing the firefighters and their red and white fire engine. The children broke out in ear-to-ear smiles as the firefighters chatted with them and offered up shiny, gold firefighter stickers.

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Garner Fire Rescue Station 3 firefighters helped Team #73 members Bill Ford (center, left) and Bette Turner (center, right).

Throughout the morning, and again after a lunch break, Team #73 met residents, explained the importance of Sound the Alarm events, and checked existing smoke alarms or installed new alarms. By the end of the day, teams who participated in Sound the Alarm – Raleigh, NC installed more than 800 alarms in area homes.

The members of Team #73 were certainly tired at the end of the day, but said they felt satisfied with their efforts to #EndHomeFires. They were grateful to have met and assisted the Quevedo family and so many of their neighbors.

Story and Photos by Susan Washburn/American Red Cross


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