Heart & Sol: Volunteer fire corps member making homes safer in Green Valley

Heart & Sol: Volunteer firefighter helps people of Green Valley
Heart & Sol: Volunteer firefighter helps people of Green Valley(KOLD)
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 10:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Every week, KOLD News 13 partners with Casino del Sol to highlight a person or organization that is going above and beyond in the community.

This week we meet a man on a mission to make sure the people of Green Valley stay safe in their homes.

“It’s very rewarding, and we all feel that way,” says Jim Handley.

Handley is a volunteer with the Green Valley Fire Corps, donating his time to help others and always going the extra mile.

“I enjoy helping people and visiting people in their homes. It’s always interesting. I like playing with their dogs and things like that. It just makes me happy.”

Handley is among the volunteers who do things like remove snakes, replace batteries in fire alarms, install lock boxes on doors to allow paramedics to quickly get in if people need medical help.

Most recently, Handley heard about a deaf resident who was concerned about not knowing if a fire broke out.

He did some research and found a device to install that would shake the bed if that ever happened.

“A person who was really frantic about whether or not they would know if their smoke alarms would go off or not, was basically grinning ear to ear because not only would they know if they were asleep because it would shake their bed, they would also know because of the flashing lights,” says Kevin McNichols.

This is one of many instances Handley’s fellow corps members tell us he ensures the safety of those in the community.

And because of that, in partnership with Casino del Sol, KOLD presented him with this week’s heart and sol award, and a $300 gift card.

“I’m really not one to go out for attention. I just like to help people,” says Handley.

He’s a humble man, who says he plans to continue to help as much as he can.

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