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Brenden, MDA Goodwill Ambassador, holds the check as Chattanooga firefighters and MDA officials pose for a group photo.
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Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga firefighters have something to brag about today. With the generous help from the public, the Chattanooga Fire Department raised more money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) than any other fire department in the state this year. At the fire administration building on Wisdom Street, Jack Thompson, president of the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association, Local 820 presented a check for $84,063 to Holly Carroll, MDA National Director. The money was raised from an annual Muscle Team Gala event, a chili cook-off, and two Fill the Boot campaigns conducted by firefighters throughout the Chattanooga area. Firefighters with Station 19 in Hixson were also recognized for raising the most money of all 19 stations within the department. The money raised will help MDA provide support for patients
JUMP TO FILE #120915116 and their families with world-class health care at MDA clinics, access to MDA Summer Camp and support groups, and assistance with medical equipment. Perhaps most importantly, the money helps fund research to find treatments and hopefully cures for dozens of lifethreatening muscle diseases. The Chattanooga Fire Department beat out the much larger Memphis Fire Department for top honors with MDA. "We're proud that we finished first in the state this year," said Fire Chief Chris Adams, "but this is a cause near and dear to us, so if another department raises more money and beats us next year, we're fine with that. Our main goal is to support MDA and do what we can to fight these terrible muscle diseases."
At 9:45 a.m. on November 27th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 715 Houston St. in East Knoxville for report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the address and one resident running back-and-forth into the house. Firefighters called KPD for assistance, as the woman was preventing firefighters from doing their job. The woman was later transported to a local hospital via family's personal vehicle to calm her down. An acquaintance of the resident, who was also at the scene, was detained by police officers for questioning. The woman's dog was later found uninjured and taken to a neighbors fenced yard for safe keeping. No injuries were reported, and arson investigators are on the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
- BRUCE GARNER
Local Chattanooga students win top honors Nashville, TN. Three local students, all from Boyd Buchanan School, won top honors in the State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) 2015 Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Jillian White, a 9th grader, got the top prize, winning the Commissioner’s Choice Award. Carl Joseph Vonnoh, was the state-wide winner for the 9th grade, and Mackenna Hood was the statewide winner for the 10th grade. All of the poster contest winners will each receive a $50 prize check and a certificate of achievement signed by Governor Bill Haslam at an awards ceremony on January 30th at the TN Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle.
Post-Thanksgiving house fire in Knoxville
JUMP TO FILE #121615117 The poster contest is a longstanding annual event used by the SFMO to highlight and promote fire safety awareness throughout Tennessee schools. This year’s contest theme corresponded with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” Congratulations to all of the winning students! - BRUCE GARNER
House fire in Knoxville At 5:30 a.m. on December 6th, units from the Knoxville Fre Department were dispatched to 2431 E. Glenwood Ave. at Adams Ave. for report of a house fire. When fire crews arrived, they found flames shooting from the front porch area of the home. Firefighters quickly went to work extinguishing the flames and searching for any possible victims inside. A small Chihuahua was found in the hallway and brought outside to safety. The four individuals, whowere home at the time of the fire, had self-evacuated and were in their vehicle when firefighters arrived. One of the residents had non-
JUMP TO FILE #120715103 life-threatening burns to his hands and face and was offered transport via ambulance, but refused. He later chose to be transported by personal vehicle. Fire investigators determined that the blaze was accidental and most likely caused by the areless discard of a cigarette. The fire victims will seek shelter from family members. The family said there were smoke alarms inside the rented home, but were in need of batteries. - DJ CORCORAN