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  • Writer's pictureHogan Dyer

Exchange Club of Brunswick honors local firefighters


Pictured from left to right Pres. JP Thornton, Aria (asleep in the stroller) Dana Keefe, Edward Keefe, Bayli and Amiyah Davis, Jordan Davis, Glynn County fire Chief Vinny DiCcritofalo ,Sec./treasurer Randy Pifer, PPres. Steven Floyd


FIRE PREVENTION IS OBSERVED DURING THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 9TH. THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF BRUNSWICK HAS HONORED A FIRE FIGHTER SINCE 1968, THIS WILL BE OUR 55TH FIRE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR BANQUET. OUR VERY OWN FRENCHI P.J. BLANCHARD STARTED THIS PROGRAM WHEN HE JOINED THE CLUB IN 1968. THIS HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR LONGEST RUNNING PROGRAMS TO GIVE BACK AND TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FIRE SERVICE. TO GIVE THEM A LITTLE RECOGNITION FOR THE SACRIFICE THEY GIVE TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY IN OUR COMMUNITY. FRENCHI WOULD TELL US ABOUT MRS. O’LEARY’S COW AND HOW THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE STARTED. HOW FIRE PREVENTION BECAME THE GOAL OF FIRE FIGHTERS ACROSS THE NATION.


Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. This year’s Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW™) campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™,” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking. What can you do? The good news is you can prevent most cooking fires and burns. Help keep your family safer with some simple but effective tips.


FROM TURNING THE HANDLES IN TOWARD THE STOVE, KEEPING A LID CLOSE BY INCASE OF A GREASE FIRE. HAVING A KID FREE ZONE 3 FEET AWAY FROM THE STOVE WHILE COOKING.


TODAY WE ARE HERE TO HONOR 3 MEMBERS OF OUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS. JORDAN DAVIS WITH THE BRUNSWICK FIRE DEPARTMENT, LT. STEPHEN VIGGIANO WITH THE GLYNN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EDWARD KEEFE WITH THE JEKYLL ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT. THESE MEN WERE PICKED BY THIER CHIEFS AND FELLOW FIREFIGHTERS. The honorees were given A PLAQUE AND A CHECK FROM THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF BRUNSWICK TO THANK them FOR their COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY.

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