MARINETTE — This October, Fire Prevention Month, Johnson Controls will begin distributing over 12,000 fire extinguishers to the families of students in 26 schools within Marinette, Menominee and Oconto Counties. The donations are in response to a tragic house fire in Oconto last January that took the lives of DeCoursin/Schroeder family members: Katherine 35; Jeri Leigh 15; Dalton-Joe 13, Nicolas Jr. 11, along with their family pet, Hagrid.

When employees at Johnson Controls became aware of this incident, and that family ties existed within the company, they felt that, as a fire protection company and long-time member of the community, they needed to take action on behalf of the family and friends of these victims to create awareness of the importance of fire prevention. By donating one extinguisher per student, Johnson Controls hopes to reduce some of the risk of another family having to endure a tragedy like this in the future.

Jill Kakuk, Johnson Controls human resources manager, explained: “Our 800-plus employees undoubtedly represent their communities by bringing loyalty and compassion to our workplace. It is in this spirit that Johnson Controls has chosen to support them in responding to the tragedy that occurred last winter.”