PRESS PHOTOS BY CARLA JONESVolunteers from the Vera Cruz fire company and the Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter of American Red Cross joined forces to install smoke detectors in residences in Vera Cruz, Upper Milford Township, April 1. ABOVE: Members of the Vera Cruz Fire Company and volunteers from the American Red Cross gather for a photo.
Meriyen Gonzales, of Allentown and a student at Commonwealth Academy, Peter Brown, executive director for the Lehigh Valley - Bucks Chapter of the American Red Cross and Thalassa Ramos, of Fleetwood, and a student at Fleetwood High School, are among volunteers helping with the installation of smoke detectors. in residences in Vera Cruz April 1.
Kyle Reiss, of Emmaus, and a fire department volunteer, installs a smoke alarm with help from George A. Heiserman III, of Zionsville, deputy chief of the Vera Cruz Fire Department.
George A. Heiserman III, deputy chief of the Vera Cruz Fire Department, and Addie T. Todal, of Allentown, explain the process of consent required to install the smoke detector to Rich Hopstock, a Vera Cruz resident.
VERA CRUZ FIRE DEPARTMENT
Volunteers install safety equipment in Vera Cruz homes
Vera Cruz Fire Department volunteers joined with volunteers with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to install free fire alarms for Vera Cruz residents. Thirteen firefighters and 15 Red Cross volunteers visited 23 homes to install 54 smoke detectors April 1.
A mix of retirees and several student volunteers helped the crews with installations. Peter Brown, the executive director for the Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter of the Red Cross, was grateful for the community’s involvement. He also mentioned several high school students were present this year to fulfill service requirements for their schools.
“We really like working with the students and would like to see more get involved,” Brown said.
The teams enjoyed breakfast donated by 3 Men and a Bagel in Trexlertown and lunch provided by Chick-fil-A.
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