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On March 10th, 2004, Jessica and her kids were still sleeping in the early morning hours when they awoke to their home engulfed in flames. She was able to get to two of her children (one baby and one toddler) out of the house, but not Jacob, her three-year old. She suffered burns to her face, neck, arms, and body trying to go back into the house to get Jacob. Jessica was placed on opioid pain medications for her injuries. Due to this, and her anguish with losing her son, she, along with her husband, battled addiction for the next 20 years, ultimately ending in her husband’s death.
Had there been a smoke detector in the house, Jacob would now be a 24-year-old young man this June, and her husband would be turning 46-years-old. The domino effect of not having a smoke detector has been tragic and lifechanging. Jessica, now 15 months clean & sober, does not want any other family to suffer the same lifelong trauma that she and her family have suffered and hopes to help provide a smoke detector for as many people as possible.
January 26th – February 29th
Fire Station #1
209 S. 4th St.
Between 8am & 6p, 7 days a week
What is needed:
Brand new smoke detectors. All smoke detectors must be in their original packaging. Drop off inside the front door. There’s no need to knock or speak with fire station staff. Just put the smoke detector in the donation box.
The Fire Department will use these donations to give to community members who do not have smoke detectors to help prevent life loss, like Jacob’s story.