KALISPELL – March is American Red Cross month, so MTN spoke with Lew Savik who has been volunteering with the Red Cross since 2008.
After Hurricane Katrina, Savik tells MTN he saw the devastation and knew he had to help in his own community.
Savik oversees all sorts of disasters like wildfires, house fires and flooding in Flathead County. He’s one of many boots on the ground that provide assistance like shelter, clothing and food for those who have lost everything in a house fire.
Savik recounts one time where his actions at the Red Cross saved a house from a structure fire.
“Another project is we install and check smoke alarms free for people, and we know of at least one instance where we saved a trailer house because they had a working smoke alarm in their trailer where they didn’t have before. You can’t help but think that’s a good thing,” Savik says.
With only thirteen volunteers for Flathead County, the Red Cross is always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, you can visit Kalispell’s Red Cross website or more information.