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CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT DONATES OVER 500 SMOKE DETECTORS TO DCFS FAMILIES

Gathering for donation of smoke detectors at DCFS' office on 35th St. are (from left): Carlos Hernandez, Paramedic, Office of Public Education, Chicago Fire Department; Commander Joseph Miranda, Public Education Coordinator of Community Services, Chicago Fire Department; James Parker, Trainer, DCFS Office of Inspector General; Diane Jackson, Deputy Director of Communications, DCFS; Eric Butler, Administrative Assistant, DCFS Office of Inspector General; and Dwayne Blackamore, Paramedic in charge of training, Chicago Fire Department.

Chicago, April 25, 2005-- The Chicago Fire Department has generously donated 500 smoke detectors to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The donation was made on April 5 at the DCFS office at 10 W. 35th St., and a representative from the DCFS Office of the Inspector General was also in attendance at the presentation. The smoke detectors will be distributed among Chicago families served by DCFS that don't have the home safety equipment in their homes.
"In the Chicago Fire Department's continuing efforts to partner with DCFS on issues of child protection and safety, we viewed this donation as a meaningful and direct way to support the families that they serve," says Commander Joseph Miranda.
DCFS will begin distributing the smoke detectors through caseworkers this week for families to receive, says Gailyn Thomas, Deputy Director of Child Protection for DCFS. "April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we appreciate the Chicago Fire Department's donation that will additionally help prevent the loss of life and property among our families," she added. DCFS also prints and distributes a fire safety brochure for parents.
Further extending their generosity and to promote fire safety, the Chicago Fire Department distributed smoke detectors during an education and resource fair during DCFS' Walk and Rally that was held on April 16 in Englewood.

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Diane Jackson
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
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