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Woman found dead outside fire station

Officials are considering adding call boxes outside fire stations for those in distress

By Eric Robinette
The Journal News

FAIRFIELD TWP. — Fairfield Twp. officials have proposed installing emergency call boxes at the township’s two firehouses after a woman was found dead Dec. 22 outside the Tylersville Road station.

Carla Smith, 39, of Hamilton, apparently went to the fire station seeking help, but got no reply to her knocks on the door. Shawn Denholm, a JournalNews carrier for the past seven years, discovered Smith’s body a few feet from the station’s front door around 5 a.m. while delivering a newspaper there.

“I look and I see a car that’s running and what looked like it was a blanket. But it was this skinny woman who fell down, so I walked up and called 911,” said Denholm, of Hamilton. “She was already dead, so there was nothing I could do.”

Full story: Emergency call boxes reviewed after woman found dead at fire station

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Roy Gumpel Roy Gumpel Friday, January 04, 2013 5:43:09 PM we have a fire alarm on the front of our firehouse.
Bill Waugaman Bill Waugaman Sunday, January 06, 2013 6:48:53 PM Every firehouse in San Diego has a emergency phone with a direct line to our dispatch and directions to ring the bell on the wall under the phone also.

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