The Publisher's Desk: Be a volunteer; help Cody Cook

Saturday’s are precious. 

For many of us, it’s the one day a week we (sometimes) get to stay home with our wives and children and enjoy time with them. 

So it’s sometimes hard to get out and do anything on a Saturday. I understand that. 

This Saturday, there’s something worth getting out for. 

A Dublin High School student, Cody Cook, will be giving up his Saturday to install smoke detectors in Dublin homes. 

There are 150 or so homes that have been identified as lacking a working smoke detector. 

Cook, through the Texas Midwest Community Network connected to the Dublin Economic Development Corp., is planning and executing this project. 

This is the same program that brought Dublin the putt-putt course last year at the Dublin City Park, which is a welcome and appreciated addition. And the same program, we hope, will continue to bring us community projects through service-minded students at the high school. 

Cody’s project is a worthwhile cause, not just because he is doing something good for the community, but also because he is a part of something bigger we want to see continue. 

So, with that in mind, if you are able to, please, help him on Saturday. 

It will begin with a training at 8 a.m. at the high school for the volunteers. Then you’ll all go out and do the work. 

You’ll meet some of your neighbors, help them protect their houses and families from fires and train them to escape the house in a worst-case scenario. 

It will be rewarding work. It will help Dublin. And it will help Cody reach his goal. 

He faces a particular challenge now. The last I heard, he only knew of one for sure volunteer — Dublin Vice Principal Shawn Bradford.

The trouble is, he needs at least three people to enter a house — one to install the smoke detectors, one to train the occupants how to escape the house in case of a fire and one to keep records. 

So if no one shows up, his project can’t move forward. 

That’s yet another reason why we should step up to help him out. 

I was truly impressed by him at the July EDC meeting. 

He seemed to possess a desire to help that came from a genuine heart. 

As EDC board member Kenny Horton pointed out, he could have picked a high-profile project that would get him a lot of attention. 

But on its own, his current project will not draw a lot of attention. 

There will be nothing public at the end to show he was here — just some smoke detectors hidden away in 150 homes that could save lives. 

It’s a selfless and worthwhile project. I applaud him for it, and I hope you’ll show your applause Saturday at 8 a.m. at the high school by showing up and helping out.  

Scott Dykowski is the publisher of the Dublin Citizen and can be reached at 445-2515 and

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