FLINT TWP. — They say it is better to give than to receive, but township firefighters prove that you can do both.
At the May 18 township board meeting, township firefighters showed off the Chief Halstead Memorial Firefighters Trophy, named after former Burton Fire Chief Doug Halstead.
They won it in a friendly fundraising competition with other area fire departments. Spearheaded by Ryan Woods, township firefighters raised more than $10,000 in dona- tions outside the Corunna Road Wal- Mart store to benefit the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley. Of that total, nearly $2,000 was in monetary donations and $8,535 in toys and clothing donations.
The department will keep the traveling trophy for at least a year.
Burkley and Captain Loren Colbert also were among about eight firefighters presented awards from the American Red Cross for participation in a successful fire safety campaign.
The grant-funded campaign involved going door to door to make sure residents have working smoke alarms and smoke detectors. It is part of a national effort to reduce fire deaths.
Township firefighters visited 452 homes and installed 174 detectors, Burkley said.
In turn, Burkley and Colbert presented a certificate of appreciation to Annette Swain, Red Cross disaster coordinator volunteer, who worked with them on a recent neighborhood fire safety campaign.