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08 Chelsea Chiefs hockey team donates 50 smoke detectors to Chelsea Area Fire Authority

The 08 Chelsea Chiefs Hockey Team and Chelsea firefighters (from left Nate Saarinen, James Gaken and Lt. Derek Klink) pose for a photo in front of the ladder truck Sunday afternoon. The hockey team donated 50 smoke detectors to the Chelsea community to honor the Connolly brothers, fellow hockey players, who perished in a house fire.
Fire Lt. Derek Klink shows Chelsea Chiefs where the water comes out of the ladder on the tower truck.

About 15 members of the 08 Chelsea Chiefs hockey team, their coaches and parents arrived at the Chelsea Area Fire Authority Station 1 on Sunday afternoon to donate about 50 smoke detectors to the Chelsea community.

Julia Trobaugh, the fundraising chair for the team, said the players wanted to do something to honor the Connolly brothers, two young hockey players who were killed in a house fire last year.

She said they decided on smoke detectors and went to Lowe’s for help. When she told the store’s staff what the Chiefs wanted to do and the reason behind the donation, not only did Lowe’s assist the team in the purchase but also matched the amount they had to spend.

Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs players unloaded about 50 smoke detectors and carried them into the fire station before posing for a few photos.

The team plays at Arctic Coliseum and wanted to make the donation and give back to people who live in the Chelsea and the surrounding area.

If anyone would like a smoke detector, call the fire station at 475-8755  while supplies last. In fact, firefighters will answer questions and assist folks who might need more information about the best way and place to install one in the home.

The 08 Chelsea Chiefs pose in front of Fire Station No. 1 with firefighters James Gaken, Nate Saarinen and Lt. Derk Klink who are holding three of the smoke detectors that were donated.



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