New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford will donate 750 smoke detectors to Newark residents, officials announced.
Weatherford along with New Jersey contractor The Shauger Group, bought 1000 smoke detectors for needy families, 750 of which are going to Newark residents. The remaining 250 detectors went to Morristown in August, the city said in a statement.
Their donation comes just three months after a Newark fire claimed the lives of six relatives on Father's day--a motivating factor for Weatherford, the city said.
The fire started at 4 a.m. in a single family home near the corner of South 15th Street and Madison Avenue.
As the flames spread rapidly and and the six family members, who were sleeping, were overcome by smoke almost immediately, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The house, built in 1927, did not have a smoke detector.
“We are grateful to Steve Weatherford for supporting our efforts to enhance fire safety in Newark,” Fire Director James Stewart said in a statement.
“Smoke detectors have been proven to save lives on many occasions. I urge residents to install them and make sure they have fresh batteries. The lives these detectors save may be that of you or a loved one.”
By Naomi Nix | www.nj.com | September 23, 2014