“Firefighters are my heroes,” 10-year-old to get life-saving tool from local fire department

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MIDWEST CITY , Okla. - Recently, Midwest City received about 25 smoke detectors for hearing impaired residents who may not react to a standard alarm.

On Tuesday, 10-year-old Jazmin Williams is having one of those detectors installed in her family's home.

Until NewsChannel 4 spoke with firefighters, Williams says she did not know the special alarm system even existed.

Jazmin was born with a rare genetic disorder that has affected her sight and hearing.

"Without her hearing aids in, she does not hear correctly or really hear things at all," Sherry Gilbert, her mother, said.

Gilbert says it is possible she could eventually completely lose both senses, but they are hoping for the best.

Despite what could happen, the fifth grader is not going to let anything hold her back from her dreams.

"If I do go blind or deaf, I will know that God and Jesus has a plan for me," Jazmin said.

Jazmin admits being hard of hearing now is scary.

"When I was five, we had a fire and I didn't hear the fire detector," she said.

Thankfully, she and her family made it out safely. However, she says the experience has made it hard for her to sleep.

That is all about to change as firefighters prepare to install a special alarm that vibrates and flashes a bright strobe light when smoke is detected.

"So now when I know that I have a fire, I know that I’m going to be safe," Jazmin said.

Firefighter Joel Bain is the one installing the alarms. He said after the story on NewsChannel 4, his phone started ringing off the hook.

"We always knew we had a need, but I didn't ever know there was this great of a need," Bain said.

It has been a lot of work, but Bain has been enjoying installing the alarms in residents' homes.

"The coolest thing, as part of my job, is to install stuff like this, that can help these people," Bain said. "If we can save one life by that, then this program is well worth it.”

Seeing how much it means to people like Jazmin is heartwarming.

"Firefighters are my heroes," Jazmin said.

The smoke detectors for the hearing impaired were made possible, in part, through a grant from FEMA.

The Midwest City Fire Department has already ordered more.

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