A Family’s Plea to Prepare for a Home Fire

On Monday, February 23, 2015, little Sawyer White passed away when his Belleville home caught fire. A week and a half after the heartbreaking loss, Sawyer’s parents contacted the American Red Cross to get involved in the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and participate in an upcoming smoke alarm install project that would be happening in their community.
On Saturday, March 14th, Danielle and Chris White worked with Char DeWitt, Gift Planning Officer and Kim Brown, volunteer/donor to install and educate families. The team of four joined 41 volunteers to install nearly 100 lifesaving smoke alarms replace batteries in current alarms.

Danielle and Chris said it is important for others to hear their story and to be part of the campaign because they are a “young family” and never prepared for a home fire. They are hopeful that by sharing their story, others will prepare.

Since the Gold Country Region launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign we have installed more than 1300 smoke detectors in and around the 24 county region. 

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American Red Cross California Gold Country Region

The California Gold Country Region serves a twenty-six county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties

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