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Tuesday, 14 April, 2009 2:13 PM
Henrik Zetterberg Helps Prevent Local House Fires
Red Wings Forward Distributes Smoke Detectors to Local Fire Departments
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Detroit Red Wings Forward Henrik Zetterberg helped distribute over 1,300 smoke detectors to local fire department representatives.
DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg distributed more than 1,300 smoke detectors to local fire departments today at Joe Louis Arena. Zetterberg serves as the Red Wings spokesman for the team's annual smoke detector collection, which provides life-saving smoke detectors to low income families throughout Metro Detroit.
"I am happy to again be part of such an important and worthwhile program," Zetterberg said. "House fires are tragedies, but in many cases they can be prevented. My hope is that we can bring increased awareness to the need for everyone to have working smoke detectors installed in their homes."
After the team practice, Zetterberg met with representatives from Dearborn, City of Detroit, Independence Township, Taylor, Plymouth and Southfield fire departments as well as the Oakland County Sheriff's Department. The collected smoke detectors will be distributed to local residents unable to afford the devices for their own homes. The fire departments will assist in distributing the detectors in homes throughout the area.
"This is my third year participating in the Detroit Red Wings smoke detector collection program," said City of Southfield Fire Inspector and Investigator Michael Albo. "It amazes me to see a professional athlete like Henrik Zetterberg being so committed to the safety of his local community members year after year. I have personally seen the difference these smoke detectors can make and I am proud to associate the Southfield Fire Department with the Detroit Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg once again."
Zetterberg, who is enjoying another stellar season on the ice, matched the total number of detectors collected at Red Wings games back in December with a personal donation. In 74 games this season, he has notched 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points.
Committed to giving back and supporting the people who support them, the Red Wings organization is active in a variety of projects and initiatives throughout the community through efforts like the Smoke Detector Collection and ongoing activities of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
Source: Detroit Red Wings
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