Red Cross Installs 905 Smoke Alarms During Mohawk Valley Sound the Alarm Events

UTICA, NY (May 23, 2018) – Over the course of fewer than three weeks, volunteers and partners with the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross visited hundreds of homes in Utica, Herkimer, Little Falls, Mohawk and West Winfield, and installed a total of 905 free smoke alarms for local residents as part of the national Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. initiative.

“It was incredible to see so many people come together to Sound the Alarm in the Mohawk Valley,” said Mallory Brown, Executive Director for the American Red Cross, Mohawk Valley Chapter. “In addition to making hundreds of families safer, we were able to welcome new volunteers and partners to the Red Cross through this campaign. We are grateful to everyone who supported us and helped make Sound the Alarm such a success. It was a true community effort.”

Throughout the campaign, the Red Cross was joined by Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri; Assemblyman Brian Miller; partners from the Utica Fire Department, Herkimer Fire Department, Little Falls Fire Department, Village of Mohawk, Mohawk Fire Department, and West Winfield Fire Department; and volunteers from numerous community groups and corporate partners. Local sponsors included CSEA, Dominion Energy, First Source Federal Credit Union, GPO Federal Credit Union, MVP Health Care, National Grid, NYCM Insurance, Spectrum, State Farm and Stewart’s Shops. (NOTE: Additional photos available by request.) 

The Red Cross will continue to offer free smoke alarms across the Mohawk Valley on a rolling basis. Volunteer teams have already begun to respond to requests from local residents following the signature Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. events. People can support this ongoing effort by volunteering, making a financial donation, testing their smoke alarms regularly, practicing their fire escape plans, and spreading the word about fire safety. To learn more, or to request free smoke alarms from the Red Cross, please visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit

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