Honor Your First Responders as a Serving Hero

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robins are looking for stories about people who serve their communities in times of need. Through the Serving Heroes program, civilians and members of the emergency community can thank their hero through recognition and a profile on the Serving Heroes web site. This is a great way to honor an emergency responder or Fire Corps member who has gone above and beyond in their service to the community during a time of need.

Dayna Hilton, volunteer firefighter and Fire Corps Coordinator for Johnson County Rural Fire District (RFD) #1 in Clarksville, AR, was recognized as a Serving Hero for her endless dedication and commitment to serving her community through her local Fire Corps program. Hilton’s profile on the Serving Heroes web site notes that when Hilton came to RFD #1, the department averaged 30 minutes a year and had zero budget for fire prevention activities. With Arkansas 7th in the nation in fire-related civilian deaths and 11th in the nation in fire-related property loss, Hilton saw a clear need for more education and put her vision into action.

Hilton registered RFD #1’s fire safety program with Fire Corps in March 2005 and called on local college students from the University of the Ozarks to assist with prevention efforts. Now with more than 100 members who have volunteered over 5,500 hours, the department's firefighters and Fire Corps members have enabled the department to experience a 34% decrease in fire-related property losses.

Now you can honor a first responder, Fire Corps member, or other local hero by nominating them as a Serving Hero. Winners receive a year’s worth of free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in addition to the profile on the Serving Heroes web site.

The Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation helps to support emergency response organizations so they have the capacity and leadership to respond when our communities need them most. For more information and to nominate a Serving Hero, visit www.servingheroes.com.



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