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Newton Fire Service receives grant for fire safety

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Fire Service has been awarded the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant in the amount of $2,826.

The grant was presented by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and is earmarked for use to support Newton County's fire safety/burn prevention efforts.

"The funds will purchase lithium battery smoke alarms to be installed in Newton County residential homes that are without smoke alarms," said Fire Safety Educator Lt. Cydnie Taylor-Ridling.

The Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant is named in memory of Brant Chesney, a career firefighter with the Gwinnett County Fire Department who died in the line of duty while acting as a volunteer with Forsyth County Fire Department in December of 1996.

"NCFS is honored to be selected as a recipient for this award," Taylor-Ridling said. "We are excited to be allowed this opportunity to continue to protect and serve our community against fire hazards."

Taylor-Ridling said the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation assists local fire departments throughout the state in many ways.

"Please support the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation when firefighters are our collecting donations," she said. "One hundred percent of the funds collected go to support the foundation and all the beautiful work they are doing.

For more information about this award and the foundation, go to www.gfbf.org.