Veterans to help Red Cross make cities safer

Cleveland - The Red Cross and local veterans groups are looking for volunteers to help them make homes in northeast Ohio safer.

On Saturday, June 17, volunteers will fan out in neighborhoods in Akron, Canton, Mansfield and Parma to provide residents with fire safety information, and to install smoke alarms in homes where they are needed.

The effort is being made in honor of Flag Day, according to Jessica Tischler, Red Cross Regional Director of Service to the Armed Forces. 

 She says that while the focus of Operation Save-A-Life is on military and veteran-connected neighborhoods, they welcome all volunteers who want to make neighborhoods safer.

Those interested in volunteering in one of the four communities where alarms will be installed are asked to report at 9:00 to one of the following local VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC):

§ Akron: 55 W. Waterloo, Akron, OH 44319-1116

§ Canton: 733 Market Avenue South, Canton, OH 44702-1018

§ Mansfield: 1025 South Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906

§ Parma: 8787 Brookpark Road, Parma, OH 44129

Local residents can get more information about smoke alarm installations through the by visiting

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