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Cold Water Challenge at Fairfield Hose Company

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A tragedy from earlier this year has prompted a local fire department to start a new effort aimed at protecting homes in the Harborcreek area.

According to Fairfield Fire Chief Jim Hawryliw, it's similar to the cold water challenge, but with a twist.

"Basically, in the last couple of months, that cold water challenge has been all over Facebook," said Chief Hawryliw.  "A lot of us have been watching it, and we just figured we're going to do something different."

The chief made a video of him being sprayed by a tanker truck.  He then requested all firefighters in Erie County to help out with their cause.

The department is starting a fire prevention fund, which will provide fire alarms to the residents of the Harborcreek area. 

"Everybody has got their own cause," said Chief Hawryliw.   "We have a cause that's very dear to our hearts."

Back in February, 68-year-old John Amacher and his two grandchildren were killed in a house fire in Harborcreek.  Chief Hawryliw says this challenge is in their honor.

 "Basically what we want to do is get as many smoke detectors and alarms in as many homes as possible." said Chief Hawryliw.

  So he's asking the firefighter community to donate a minimum of $10.00 to help pay for supplies.

Donations can be dropped off at Fairfield Hose Company at 4896 E. Lake Road.
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