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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 18:49

Gift to TL to fight a silent killer

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By Glenna Burns

            Trent Lakes municipality received a generous gift that will save lives on Tuesday, Oct. 4, when John Gignac presented TL fire chief Don Mitchell with $5,000 worth of Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms.

            Gignac, a former firefighter, told council the heart wrenching story of losing his niece Laurie, her husband Richard and their

two children Cassandra and Jordan, when CO backed up into their home from a gas fireplace.

            The family had been feeling ill for awhile but were told by their doctor that the symptoms sounded like the flu. A week later the whole family had died in their beds.

            If your home has an attached garage or carport, a gas, oil or propane heating system, or any other fuel burning device or appliance you need a CO alarm. Preferably one on each floor of your home.

            Gignac promised, after his family’s tragedy, that he would keep working until everyone in Canada knew about CO alarms. He created the Hawkins-Gignac foundation, which supplied the alarms for Trent Lakes. Find out more at endthesilence.ca.

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