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Hearing-impaired family receives smoke, CO detectors from community donations

Charles City, Iowa – A Charles City family who has hearing impaired children will now be able to rest easier due to a donation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors from the Elks Lodge and Fire Department.

Joseph Brennan’s three of his seven children have cochlear implants. 


Brennan says 12-year-old Janessa, 6-year-old Klayton and 3-year-old Claudia have a genetic condition which robbed them of their hearing.  

He says the technology is a relief to have. 


The family will receive four detectors worth $660 according to Fire Chief Eric Whipple.  The Elks Lodge and Fire Department each donated half of the money.  

Whipple says the major difference between regular alarms and these is a strobe light. 


Brennan added these are the cheapest alarms of their kind as the least expensive he’s found have been $200.  

The Elks Lodge has a long history of supporting fire safety and community activism. 


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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