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Lowe's honors smoke detector effort

July 23, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

A weekend of installing smoke detectors in April has paid off for the Hagerstown Fire Department and the Wesel Boulevard Lowe's store.

The partnership between Lowe's and the fire department won the Lowe's Home Centers Inc. regional prize.

In winning, the local store beat out about 80 other stores from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Virginia, said co-manager Tom Wynkoop.

"We had a plan that was pretty well put together," he said. "It was a real good team effort. People in the community really treated us well."

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Mike Weller, the fire department's education officer, said he would consult with Lowe's officials to determine the best use of the $2,500 prize money. He said it will be used for fire and safety programs.

"I'm honored we received the award. I think the group was deserving," Weller said. "Partnerships are the key to successful injury-prevention programs."

Wynkoop, who was Lowe's captain for the effort, said he hopes to continue the partnership.

Volunteers from the fire department and Lowe's knocked on hundreds of doors in several blocks of Hagerstown during the last weekend in April. They conducted a survey, checked smoke detectors and repaired or replaced faulty devices.

In some cases, the teams installed detectors in homes that had none.

Lowe's awarded winners in six regions and a grand-prize winner, Wynkoop said.

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