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Monday, January 21, 2013 - 8:43pm
EL PASO — Hundreds of local high school students spent their Martin Luther King Jr. holiday volunteering their time to spread fire safety awareness information.
In a partnership with the El Paso Chapter of the American Red Cross, students went door to door and passed out flyers with information about cooking and heating safety, along with fire escape plans.
"Every 24 hours on average, we respond to a home fire here in El Paso, so it's crucial that every family know what to do, how to prevent a fire," said Mark Matthys with the Red Cross in El Paso.
Students had the holiday off from school, but still woke up early to honor the Reverend Doctor's legacy with a day of service.
"Well it's always good to go around and give back to the community, especially with Martin Luther, he stood for a cause, and today is his day. He gave to the world, so we need to give back," said Hannah Gomez, a student from Eastwood High School.
To arrange for the El Paso Fire Department to install a free smoke alarm, contact the El Paso Red Cross at 915-592-0208, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.