EMERgency24 Thanks Responders With Cash Donation

EMERgency24, a Chicago-based central station alarm monitoring company, has donated $1,000 through its Responder Reward program to a volunteer fire department in Bethesda, Md., for their efforts in aiding a local family during a recent crisis.

The donation was awarded to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department (CJPVFD), Company 10 on behalf of Splaine Security Systems of Kensington, Md.

The cash gift acknowledges the prompt response by the CJPVFD to Patti and Michael Hellyer’s home in Bethesda, which saved their three dogs and substantially minimized property damage. The photoelectric smoke detectors installed by Splaine Security Systems quickly recognized the fire event, thereby alerting EMERgency24 monitors who immediately dispatched the authorities.

“All of our dogs are safe because of our alarm system and we didn’t even have smoke damage because the fire department was called so fast. They got there so quickly that the smoke didn’t have time to soak into the walls,” says Patti Hellyer. “My husband was making dog food on the stove and we were getting ready to leave for a meeting at our neighbor’s house. Apparently, the burner was left on and we left.”

Two hours later, she explains, neighbors who had just left the meeting rushed back inside to announce that emergency service vehicles were in front of the Hellyer residence. The intent of the reward program, according to Patrick Devereaux, senior vice president of EMERgency24, is to recognize firefighters who put out blazes and to draw attention to criminal apprehension when the police respond to EMERgency24 dispatches triggered by monitored alarm systems.

“The EMERgency24 Responder Reward Program was developed to thank firefighters and police officers for the invaluable services they provide in communities across America,” says Devereaux. “Police officers and fire fighters responding to alarms is a vital function that makes our communities safer.”

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