Pearl High School Health Science II students from the Pearl-Rankin Career and Technical Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus presented a check to the Pearl Fire Department recently to assist in the purchase of a new monitor for firefighters.

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To raise money for the check, students sold nachos as a fundraiser during the 2016-2017 school year.

“This is a four-gas monitor with the latest diffusion technology to help detect the four common gases that the fire department is most concerned with,” said Brad Thornton of the Pearl Fire Department. “These gases include carbon monoxide, natural gas and oxygen levels. The monitor is about the size of a cell phone, requires very little maintenance and is very cost efficient.”

The students hope that the monitor will increase firefighter and occupant safety.

Making the presentation are, front from left, Health Science II instructor Lisa Fitchie, students Glenisha Woolfolk, Kaileigh Waltman, Hallie Cannon, Trinityte’ Moffit, Holly Prest and Tim Wilson.

Representing the Pearl Fire Department are, back from left, Ron Hopson, Brad Thornton, Donnie Boykin, Patrick Finnegan, Marty Grant, Addison Jones, James McGraw, BJ Wells and James Byrd.

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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