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Danbury resident leaves $142,000 to Fire Department

The Danbury Fire Department has received a donation for unrestricted use from a City resident's estate.  Ruth Pearce, who died at age 80 in March 2020, left the Department little more than $142,000 in her will.  She was the sister of Firefighter James Pearce, who predeceased her.  Fire Chief Richard Thode says they don't have any specific plans for the funding, but he is looking to put some of it toward firefighter safety.  He says they could also purchase smoke alarms or CO alarms to distribute to residents.  Thode says Pearce's generosity to the community should turn full circle and give back to the safety of the community.