Southern railroad company donates money to save lives

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Tuesday, Macon-Bibb County fire department got a big boost in its efforts to ensure that everyone in the community has a working smoke detector.

Norfolk Southern Corporation gave the fire department, $1,500 to help it purchase smoke detectors for people who cannot afford one in their homes.

“This is my hometown,” says Norfolk Southern Corporation Trainmaster for the Valdosta Georgia Division, Rodrea Booze. “I use to work for the sheriff’s office here in Bibb County for 12 years and it felt good to give back to the community where I was born and raised.”

The donation is part of the fire department’s partnership with the railroad company. Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief, Marvin Riggns says, every time firefighters respond to a call they are hoping to find people who escaped from the fire, rather than people who suffered injuries or died as a result of a blaze.

“All year long our firefighters take part in education situations and trainings at Norfolk Southern’s trainyard, whether it be, for dealing with hazardous materials or just fires that are involving trains,” said Fire Chief Riggins.

Riggins says as recently as last week, firefighters entered a home that did not have a smoke detector. Everyone survived that blaze.

But, the fire chief says that’s not always the case. He admitted, even one fire fatality is too many when it could have been prevented by a working smoke detector.

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