Firefighters spend a lot of time at the firehouse. They work 24-hour shifts so they eat there, sleep there, and try to relax between calls. The problem is many firehouses in metro Detroit lack things such as good beds, sofas and chairs.
Gardner-White Furniture saw the need and donated 14 beds and 13 recliners to Detroit and Taylor firehouses. The firehouses included:
- Engine 32, 11740 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit
- Medic 22, 17800 Curtis Street in Detroit
- Engine 53 / Ladder 25, 15217 Greenfield Road in Detroit
- Station 1, 23345 Goddard in Taylor
“As a family business, we have tremendous appreciation for the great work and services our local fire departments provide to families in our communities,” says Rachel Tronstein, Gardner-White president.
“We are proud to support our firefighters by providing them with comfortable beds and recliner chairs to make the firehouses a welcoming home away from home and ensure they are well-rested to tackle whatever challenges their shifts may bring.”
These firefighters face danger every day. Last year The Detroit News conducted an in-depth look at arson in Detroit and found the city experienced an average of 3,000 suspicious fires per year between 2010 and 2013. While the numbers are declining there are still too many fires.
The Gardner-White donation is valued about more than $20,000.
- Top photo was taken at Engine 32 in Detroit. Left to right: Matthew Osterbeck, firefighter; Sean Kletzka, firefighter; Michael King, driver; David Fornell, deputy commissioner; Lt. Raynard Miller; Kenneth Sunisloe, batallion chief; Kenneth Brooks, firefighter; Rachel Tronstein, president, Gardner-White, Steven Kirschner, battalion chief (holding Gardner-White mascot, Trone)
– Images courtesy of Auburn Hills-based Gardner-White Furniture