Engine 29 is back in business after bed bugs caused the scare. The southwest Detroit firehouse had to toss a good amount of furniture. FOX 2 was there when the exterminator gave them the call clear to move back in. That was great news except for one exception: they had no more furniture for their break room.
Here at FOX 2, we solve problems. So we called Gardner-White who were more than willing to step up and hand over some beautiful new recliners for these hardworking men and women to relax in when they're not responding to emergencies.
The city of Detroit gave us special permission that enabled us to help give this gift. It's safe to say they're a hit, at least that was our impression when we talked with Chief of Fire Operations John King.
"I think these are awesome. Any time you get some new furniture in an engine house, it's a great deal normally furniture in an engine house is something that we bring in on our own," King said. "This is definitely a cut above,no doubt about it."
Gardner White President Rachel Tronstein says it's important for her company to be a part of Detroit's comeback. This gives firefighters the chance to be comfortable when they're not serving the city.
"We've been in this community for 102 years - our first store was on Fort Street - we really think it's important to really play a role and really have the community come together to help rebuild the city," Tronstein said.
It's a welcome gift for a group of guys we all depend on to keep us safe - the least we can do is keep them comfortable!
"Everybody here on the Detroit Fire Department - 24/7 - they're moving and every once in a while you get a chance to sit down and rest your head and this is more than adequate - I assure you," King said.
In the end - it's really about neighbors helping neighbors in a city in the midst of a comeback.