Army veteran and burn survivor J.R. Martinez teamed up with wounded Air Force veteran, Staff Sergeant Mike Malarsie, to participate in a recent satellite media tour that was orchestrated by the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) to promote the importance of home fire sprinklers.
Sergeant Malarsie was permanently blinded when his foot patrol was ambushed in Afghanistan. Mike, his wife Jessie and their three young children live in a mortgage-free home made possible by Operation Finally Home. The home is protected with fire sprinklers.
The family is thrilled and relieved to have their home protected with fire sprinklers. Their three children are all under 4 years old. Mike also pointed out that he has a service dog and a pet dog that are now also protected.
The satellite media tour was funded through a State Farm grant. Automatic Fire Protection, Inc. donated the design and installation. Tyco donated the material.
“According to our preliminary report, we've reached more than 7.4 million (people)…,” said Peg Paul, director of communications for HFSC.