TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The community gathered Saturday morning to recognize the efforts of volunteer firefighters in Leon County.
This year marked the 18th annual fire truck roundup. The volunteer firefighter of the year award was also handed out. It's given to a firefighter each year in memory of Jack Herron, the former Miccosukee Fire Chief who lost a battle with cancer after serving 17 years.
Today's events highlight the service and dedication of the Menand women who protect the lives and property of Leon County citizens each and every day. That's why this year's award winner Sean Ruane was selected.
This event comes just one day before the Tallahassee Fire Department, the Red Cross, and the State Fire Marshall's Office are kicking off a campaign for this year's fire prevention week.
It's called "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep -- Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm."
According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Fire prevention week begins Sunday, and runs through October 10th.