Keep the Wreath Red campaign begins
Seeing red isn’t always a bad thing – especially when it comes to the wreaths at the Dixon Rural and Dixon City fire departments. The departments once again joined the Keep the Wreath Red Campaign to help raise awareness of holiday-related fires. The Christmas season brings a lot of holiday cheer, but also brings an increased risk of fires, with extension chords snaking in and around homes, dry Christmas trees, festive candles, and lights galore. That’s where the wreaths come in. They’ll be aglow with red lights through the holiday season – that is, unless the departments respond to a holiday-related fire. That’s when the lights will be turned white. The Keep the Wreath Red campaign was started by Paul Boecker, who worked as a firefighter in the Chicago suburbs. Boecker first had the idea in 1954, but it gained traction in 1971 after he became the fire chief for the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Department. It was adopted by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association in 1980. Since then, other departments throughout the state, including many in the Sauk Valley, have joined the campaign. The Dixon departments started hanging their wreaths in 1983.
– Photos by Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org