Firefighter's story inspires departments to offer domestic violence awareness training

October 09, 2017 11:47 PM

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, Monday night, a volunteer firefighter joined the first responders that saved her life and the lives of her children.

Jerri Sparks is hoping her story of domestic violence will help other firefighters on the job.


Back in 2012, the fire department -- which Sparks later joined -- played a major role after she says she was attacked by her ex-husband. Monday, she's inspired the Chili and Gates fire departments to offer domestic violence awareness training.

"The first people that really responded to me that night were the EMTs," says Jerri Sparks, Chili volunteer firefighter. "They got there first, so that's where I got the idea. These people, they were there probably 30 minutes before the sheriff's deputy got there. They saw what I was going through."

Area fire departments are partnering with RESOLVE of Greater Rochester. Purple outhouses will be outside local fire departments all month - declaring: "Domestic Violence Stinks."


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