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Firefighters to give away free bike helmets Monday
Accident inspired fire department to be part of event
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Helmet giveaway

What: Helmets for kids ages 5-10

When: 5-7 p.m. Monday

Where: North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville

Sparked by a child’s bicycle injury, members of Hall County Fire Services and Safe Kids Gainesville Hall County are partnering to give helmets to children ages 5-10 Monday.

Hall Fire Services Station 15 responded to a call Sept. 13 involving a child without a helmet out in the woods who hit a tree. The child was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for head injuries.

“It could have possibly been prevented wearing a helmet or wearing safety equipment,” Hall County Fire Services Lt. John Tucker said.

Tucker was unaware of the child’s current condition.

Monday, the fire station personnel and Safe Kids will be passing out 300 helmets on a first-come, first-served basis at the North Hall Community Center.

Tucker said the call inspired members of Station 15 to put together the event with Safe Kids.

“Any time you run a child, it just brings a whole other level to the call,” Tucker said. “Everyone still runs it in a professional manner, but a lot of the firefighters are fathers and mothers, so of course it just hits home a lot harder.”

Tucker added that the child must be at the community center to be fitted for the helmet.

According to a Safe Kids report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 118 children under the age of 19 died from biking-related injuries in 2013. In that same year, 238,337 children under the age of 19 were seen in emergency rooms for bike-related injuries.

The helmet giveaway will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road in Gainesville.

For more information, call 770-219-8095.

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