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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Hawkins House residents pay tribute to first responders

 

June 18, 2013

Let’s just say that the residents of Hawkins House are very grateful for all of those working at Lake Stevens Fire and it was evident last Friday, June 14 when they invited them to celebrate with them at Hawkins House.

Hawkins House is a senior living apartment community with over 45 residents who are age 62 or older and many of them have been helped through the efforts of local EMT and firefighters and they wanted the opportunity to thank them in person with a handshake and lots of homemade goodies.

JoAnne Gallays, a resident and the planner of this event was excited to be able to pat the first responders on the back and to thank them personally for all they do for her and her friends who live in the complex.

“A lot of us here have had to use the safety pulls in our apartments and have had paramedics come and help us,” she said. “We were discussing doing an appreciation to the community and wanted to recognize the firefighters first.”

June Marion, couldn’t have agreed more with Gallays and was thrilled to have so many of our local firefighters come to the event.

“This is our way of saying thank you,” Marion said. “We need to let other people know how important they are and they are always so kind.”

LSF Educator Jennye Cooper and paramedic Jerry Aamold also spent time teaching the residents how to stay safe not only if there is a fire but also if they are hurt or may be suffering some sort of medical emergency.

The residents then got to share a meal with the first responders while they thanked them personally.

Hawkins House is one of several affordable housing choices through Senior Services of Snohomish County and is designed to enhance independent living for active seniors as well as those who need supportive services. It is financed by both public and private funding, making it possible for them to offer lower than market rent to qualified seniors.

It was built in September 2009 and there is currently a year and a half waiting list for Hawkins House.

 

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