The Ottawa Fire Department used a local donation to purchase smoke detectors.


The department received $750 donation from Eric Carlson, the local agent for Country Financial. Carlson contacted the Ottawa Fire Department and wanted to donate the money for whatever the department needed, Fire Chief Tim Matthias said.


The department used the donation to purchase smoke detectors for the Smoke Detector program, Matthias said.


Home Depot, Lawrence, reduced the price per unit and the OFD purchased 250 smoke detectors.


"Through our Smoke Detector program, we are able to give free smoke detectors to anyone that contacts us that lives within the city limits of Ottawa," Matthias said. "For the individuals that live outside the City of Ottawa, the county volunteer fire departments also have smoke detectors free of charge for anyone that needs them."