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Wings prepare to fight local fires

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings
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DETROIT -- The Red Wings will jumpstart Fire Prevention Month with in-game collections on Friday, Oct. 1 against Toronto at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 3 versus Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. as part of the team’s ninth annual Smoke Detector Collection.

Smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half and the Red Wings are doing their part to ensure low-income Metro Detroit families have a life-saving smoke detector in their house.

Fans attending these games are encouraged to bring new smoke detectors with batteries or make a minimum $5 donation. For their donation, fans will be entered to win autographed Henrik Zetterberg memorabilia.

Local fire departments, including those from Southfield and Detroit will be on hand this weekend to collect smoke detectors and monetary donations at each Joe Louis Arena entrance.

In his fifth season as the team spokesman, Zetterberg will personally match the total number of detectors collected this fall. He participated in an autograph signing last Thursday at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, Mich., raising over $4,800 and collecting more than 200 smoke detectors for the cause.

The smoke detectors will be distributed to local fire departments on Oct. 6. The fire departments will then donate the fire alarms to low-income residents throughout Metro Detroit.

The annual Smoke Detector Collection began in 2001 in memory of former Red Wings player Brendan Shanahan’s father, who was a firefighter. Since the program’s inception, the Red Wings have distributed over 12,000 smoke detectors to local fire departments and agencies.

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