Virginia Firehouse Wins Circuit City Contest
Circuit City announced the winner of their “firedog Across America” contest Wednesday, awarding the Chickahominy Volunteer Fire Department Station 10 of Ashland, Va. $141,402. The six-month program, launched last December, recognized outstanding service by firefighters nationwide. An essay contest linked to the program was initiated in February. The winning firehouse received a $100,000 grand prize, a $20,000 finalist award plus a portion of a shared prize pool generated from a related online voting competition.
Station 10 was recognized for helping Mark Southworth, who has Down syndrome, become a part of the crew by enlisting his aid in training and maintenance. An excerpt from the winning essay, written by Mark’s mother Winnie, says the firefighters “have a brotherhood that few of us will experience in this life. This is the gift they share with our son. This is the gift that has made them my heroes.”
Circuit City Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Peter C. Weedfald said, “From saving lives to helping give a life more meaning, firefighters demonstrate day in and day out that their communities are as important to them as they are to their communities. We at Circuit City believe that is something to be grateful for and something worth honoring.”
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