Elks Lodge donates to ‘Fire Pup’ program

Courtesy photo Elks Past President Tommy Harrell, far right, presents the donation to Sgt. Josh Keck of the fire department. Also present was the Fire Pup himself (Brandon Dover).

For the third straight year Middlesboro Elks Lodge No. 119 has donated $250 to the Middlesboro Fire Department to be used for their annual “Fire Pup” School Fire Prevention Program.

Each year pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders in all Middlesboro schools and daycares receive booklets, badges, posters and many other materials and have these materials covered in the classrooms by the teachers.

Booklets make leaning fun as the children play games and do puzzles while learning how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire. Afterwards, the children take these materials home and the parents also learn from the children.

This year over 11,000 pieces of materials were distributed to over 2,500 children. Lives have no doubt been saved and many fires prevented because of this program.

Each year the fire department coordinates with the National Fire Safety Council to present this program. Materials have been designed exclusively by them and geared to pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders.

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