Firefighters’ act of kindness helps Farmington Hills senior

Firefighters deliver bed frame
Fire Fighter Justin Perkey, Fire Fighter Scott Bailey, and Fire Lieutenant Don Schinske came to the aid of a resident at the Sanctuary at Marian Oakland Independent Living Community. (contributed photo)

With the simple gift of a bed frame, three Farmington Hills firefighters made a difference recently in the life of a resident at the Sanctuary at Marian Oakland.

According to a city press release, Fire Fighter Justin Perkey, Fire Fighter Scott Bailey, and Fire Lieutenant Don Schinske arrived at the Trinity Senior Living Community on 10 Mile Road after one of the newer independent living residents fell while trying to get to her bed. Unable to reach her phone, she activated an emergency alert pendant, which also summoned Housing Manager Angie Walton.

As firefighters helped the resident to her feet, she explained that her bed was very low to the ground and difficult to access because it had no frame, which her family was planning to supply.

Shortly after returning to her office, Walton got a call from the Fire Department. “They told me they had found our resident a bed frame and were on their way to give it to her,” said Walton. “She couldn’t be happier and we thought it was the most wonderful gesture!”

Farmington Hills Fire Chief Jon Unruh appreciated the recognition for Fire Department staff but pointed out that he wasn’t surprised by their actions: “Although this particular act of kindness has been brought to light, similar acts occur routinely as part of the Fire Department serving our community.”

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