Safeguarding: Locals serve their community by installing smoke detectors

SAN BENITO — During Hurricane Dolly in 2008, John Barrietes’ house flooded, displacing him and his family for several weeks.

Like many families at that time in need of urgent help, the Red Cross stepped in so Barrietes could pick up the pieces.

Years later, everything is back to normal and he thanks the Red Cross for that.

For the past year, he has been doing everything he can to give back to the organization that helped him.

Yesterday, Barrietes and other Red Cross volunteers and members of the San Benito Fire Department installed for free up to 300 smoke detectors at two mobile home parks in the city.

Barrietes’ group had just finished installing its fourth smoke detector and had several more to do. They broke for lunch and then were back at work.

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