One night four years ago, Jason Hurdich was asleep in his Kentucky home, unaware that a fire had started in the apartment building next door.
"All of a sudden firefighters were in my apartment," he recounted to Fox Carolina, speaking through an interpreter. "They busted the door down. I had no alarm or resource to help me be proactive and address the situation."
Jason was the star sign language interpreter in news conferences during Hurricane Matthew, but he is now helping spread the word among South Carolina's deaf and hard of hearing about devices that can alert them during a fire, The State reports.
Jason became a sensation for his animated sign language interpretations during news conferences in October 2016, when Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina. At times he even upstaged then-Gov. Nikki Haley, who called him a "rock star."
Fire Safe South Carolina is providing the devices, which are also called "bed shakers" and can cost as much as $200 or more, to the deaf and hard of hearing at no charge. Local firefighters install the devices for the residents.
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