Firefighters and JEA employees volunteer to make Jackson residence more safe with recycled power poles
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It has been nearly a year since a Jacksonville teenager was killed in her sleep when a car drove into her bedroom. On Tuesday, the men and women who protect Jacksonville made sure it doesn't happen again.
Over a dozen off-duty firefighters and JEA employees came together to put up a barrier wall at the Jackson residence on the Southside.
Last year, 17-year-old JaNay Jackson was killed by a minivan that ran the stop sign at the Kennerly and Barnes Roads intersection and drove into her bedroom.
A fence was put up around the house after the accident, but then in March another car drove into property.
"For it to happen again, I'm sure it just drum up some bad memories of when they lost their daughter, so we're really just taking care of the people out here and we don't want to go to bad runs where people are hurt and unfortunately killed. If we can do something to avoid that, we won't have to come back to this house with a car in the middle of it," said Randy Wyse, President of the Jacksonville Firefighters Association.
JEA donated the recycled power poles. All of the firefighters and JEA employees volunteered their time and tools. The project is extremely important to firefighter Dallas Cooke who responded the night Jackson was killed.
"I was impacted by this tragedy and I felt it was my duty to help in any way I could," said Cooke.
Cooke got off work and came straight to help. She exchanged hugs with the victim's mother, Felicia Jackson who did not want to go on camera, but says she is grateful for everyone's help.
"It makes me feel good because I know this family has been through so much, so the small things matter when it comes to making your home a little more safer," said Cooke.
Councilman Don Redman said the city added rumble strips before the stop sign at Barnes and Kennerly.
The project is expected to be completed in a week.
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