Memorial Corp. donates to Fire Department
Nonprofit donates 743 9-volt batteries to KFD’s smoke
detector program, replaces POW/MIA flag
Veterans gave back
to their fellow servicemen last week.
Jerry Paul, president of the Howard County Veterans
Memorial Corporation at Darrough Chapel Veterans Memorial Park, and
board member Carol Wills dropped off 743 9-volt batteries and a new
POW/MIA flag at the Kokomo Fire Department.
“It’s just veterans giving back to their community
to help the Fire Department to help people,” said Paul.
The batteries will be used by the Fire Department
for their smoke detector program that provides batteries to those who
can’t afford them.
KFD chief Nick Glover said the batteries were
“Your smoke detector won’t work without them. We
recommend everybody change their batteries at least once a year. Some
people can’t afford to go out and buy them because they’re fairly
expensive,” he said.
The batteries were donated to the HCVMC by four
Family Dollar stores. While the nonprofit received all types of
batteries, Paul said he spent three days sorting out the 9-volts to
donate to the Fire Department.
“We talked to the chief and knew they had this smoke
detector program, so we thought this was a great idea,” said Paul.
The batteries were donated by Family Dollar at 122
N. Hammer St., Greentown, with manager Maria Bowland; Family Dollar at
915 N. Washington, Kokomo, with manager Angie McKinney; Family Dollar
at 1309 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, with manager Andrew John; and Family
Dollar in Marion managed by Justin Cook and Robert Foland.
The HCVMC was adopted by area Family Dollars last
year, and the stores have since collected donations from customers such
as batteries, cookies, and toilet paper, said Paul. Paul has disperse
those donations to several area veteran and other civic groups, such as
Howard Haven, Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Kokomo Housing
Authority, Kokomo Urban Outreach, Open Arms, Kokomo Rescue Mission,
Family Service Association, and Gilead House.
“It’s been a great program,” said Paul.
The POW/MIA flag was donated as part of an ongoing
program by the HCVMC. Every time the flag begins to wear out, the
nonprofit delivers a new one to the Fire Department.
“We’re trying to be more than a monument
organization. We want to be known as people who do stuff out in the
community for our community,” said Paul. “As veterans, we have this
common mindset between fire fighters and police officers. Your veterans
fight for their country, and the others serve their community and have
dangerous jobs. There’s a little bit of a brotherhood there. We feel a
kinship to them because of what they do in the community.”
Glover said anyone who needs a battery or smoke
detector or assistance mounting or changing a smoke detector can call
the Fire Department at 457-2636.