MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Fire Department, Montclair State University Center for Community Engagement, volunteers from AmeriCorps and several local volunteers braved the cold on Monday to help others in the community.

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, this Martin Luther King Day of Service was spent providing the Montclair community with fire prevention information by going door to door to hand out fire safety literature.

Fire Department members also took the time to install smoke detectors in homes and businesses that need them.

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Samira Johnson of Orange was in search of a community service activity to participate in with her young son. She wanted to teach him the value of serving others and decided to join the Montclair Firefighters and MSU on their mission. 

Johnson said, "This was the best observed MLK Jr Day we ever had! We spent part of the day in service, working with the Montclair Fire Dept as well as some students from Montclair State University handing out literature to local residents and businesses ensuring they have working smoke detectors." She expresed gratitude to Deputy Chief Brian Wilder and the MSU volunteers for making the day of service so special.