North Akron Residents Better Protected From Home Fires

Free Smoke Alarms Installed in Dozens of Homes

Akron Fire Department personnel joined Red Cross volunteers and staff on Wednesday, November 4th to install more than 150 free smoke alarms in nearly 60 homes in North Akron.

The Akron  Fire Safety Walk was similar to efforts recently undertaken in Barberton, Canton and Madison Township.  The neighborhood was pre-canvassed, meaning residents were notified in advance that they’d have the opportunity to have qualified personnel perform a fire safety inspection in their homes, and where necessary, have smoke alarms installed free of charge.

“We installed 156 alarms in the North Akron area with help from the Akron Fire Department,” said Rachel D’Attoma, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Summit, Portage and Medina Counties Chapter. “In addition, many of our board members and corporate partners were on site to help as well.  Making this whole neighborhood safer was a true community effort.”

Photo Credit: Gwen Bochman/American Red Cross Volunteer

Volunteers who donated their time and expertise included representatives from Bober, Markey, Fedorovich, FedEx, Dominion, Ruhlin and BDO, in addition to personnel from the police departments of the city of Akron and the University of Akron.

We call the effort to install smoke alarms in areas most vulnerable to home fires Operation Save-A-Life.   The goal is to reduce the number of fatalities from home fires nationwide by 25% over a five year period.

Another Fire Safety Walk is planned next Tuesday, November 10th in Cuyahoga Falls. But residents of Summit County don’t have to wait until their neighborhood is targeted for an Operation Save-A-Life event. They can call the Smoke Alarm Hotline at 330-535-2030 to schedule an appointment for a for a free fire safety inspection and free smoke alarms where needed.

Vote for Josh McCown to Win NFL Player of the Week Honors

American Red Cross Chapter Will Receive $2,000 if the Browns Quarterback Wins

The NFL has nominated Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown to win Player of the Week honors, following his record-setting performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, October 11.

If Josh is voted in, the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio wins as well.

FedEx is donating $2,000 each week to the Red Cross chapter in the communities where the winners play.  The NFL nominates three players each week.  This week, in addition to McCown, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Sam Bradford of the Philadelphia Eagles have also been nominated.

But neither could top Josh’s level of performance.

Week 5 Nominees

Not only did the Browns quarterback throw for a franchise-record 457 yards in Baltimore to help beat the Ravens 33-30 in overtime, he has become the first quarterback for the Browns to throw for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games, setting another record by throwing for 1,157 yards over that three game stretch.

“He’s playing better than any quarterback in the league right now,” according to CBS Sports analyst Pat Kirwan.

You can vote for Josh McCown to win Player of the Week honors here. Voting closes Thursday afternoon at 3:00 PM. The FedEx program supports the costs of providing immediate and long-term assistance to families affected by a disaster, like a home fire. The promotion also provides families with lifesaving fire prevention and preparedness tools and help in the aftermath of other types of disasters.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Browns fans to not only recognize the outstanding performance of Josh McCown, but also to support the work of the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio,” said Mike Parks, Regional CEO. “A $2,000 donation from FedEx will help a number of people recover from a disaster or prepare for an emergency by supporting the work of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio.”

Fans will also be able to vote for Josh McCown to win Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.  FedEx will donate $25,000 to the Red Cross chapter in the winning player’s community.

The NFL is also nominating three running backs each week.  Through the FedEx Air and Ground campaign, FedEx will also donate $2,000 dollars to the Red Cross chapters in the communities where those winners play.  Let’s hope Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson break  through for a big week against the Broncos this Sunday.