American Red Cross of Mid-South

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Memphis Fire Hits Close To Home Just Days After We Serve Day


This year, as part of We Serve Day, about 20 ServiceMaster employees volunteered to train elementary school children about fire preparedness, fire safety, and basic CPR.

The team, led by Tom Campbell, vice president and deputy general counsel, trained and educated more than 500 children at Hickory Ridge Elementary, with three different projects:

  • Fire Safety House experience (1st and 2nd graders)
  • Pillowcase Project for disaster preparedness (3rd graders)
  • “Hands only” CPR training (5th graders)

36573112461_fe62b7c74d_qBut only a few days later, a fire consumed two apartment units in a building in the same Hickory Ridge neighborhood. The fire and resulting water damage destroyed twelve units in the building. Several of those units were home to children that attended the school where ServiceMaster volunteers held training only days before.

Thankfully, there are no reports that anyone was hurt or killed, but dozens have been displaced.

This sobering event is a reminder about the impact and importance of our work in the community – and just part of the reason why we remain committed to organizations like the American Red Cross.

red_cross_7y4b8985On Saturday, October 7, you can join the American Red Cross for the “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” campaign. Thousands of volunteers will canvass Memphis (and 100 other U.S. cities) to install free smoke alarms and develop fire safety plans with families across the community. To register, or for more information, visits

For more information about how you can be part of an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, please visit

This story by James Robinson, manager, corporate communications, ServiceMaster, was written for internal use at ServiceMaster and is reprinted here with their permission. 



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