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Tragedy inspires smoke alarm donations
WICHITA, Kansas - The Wichita Fire Department today received a donation for the purchase of smoke alarms for residents in need.
The gift stemmed from a Jan. 18 fire at a duplex in the 100 block of W. Zimmerly.
Clifford Davis, 41, was killed in the accidental fire. There were no working smoke alarms in the home.
This tragedy inspired Davis' family and friends to establish a memorial fund in his name, with the proceeds to purchase smoke alarms to be distributed by the WFD.
Another fund-raising memorial effort was undertaken by South High Senior Alex Barton, who considered Davis a surrogate uncle. She worked with a Wichita South High faculty sponsor to sell wrist bands printed with the words "Smoke Detectors Save Lives." Proceeds from the wrist band sales will also be donated to purchase smoke alarms.
About 2,500 people die in home fires every year in the United State; most deaths occur in homes that do not have a working smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
In 2013, the City of Wichita suffered eleven fire deaths; seven were in homes with no working smoke alarms.
For more information regarding smoke alarms and fire safety, please call 268-4441, visit www.wichita.gov, or find the WFD on Facebook.