Grand Prairie youth honored for placing 10,000 smoke alarms in homes

Hector Montoya speaks at a ceremony honoring him for getting 10,000 smoke alarms installed in homes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

At a ceremony held Saturday at the Morningstar Baptist Church, 2251 El Paso Street, twelve year-old Hector Montoya was honored by city and state officials for placing 10,000 smoke detectors in homes throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

State Representative Roberto Alonzo (L) presents Hector Montoya with a certificate of appreciation for his work getting smoke alarms installed in homes. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

The four-year-old project began after Montoya witnessed a mother and child perish in a house fire. Using money, he saved for a game system, he began his life mission of placing smoke detectors in the homes of people that need them.

“One life lost in a fire is one life too many,” Montoya said.

City Council Member Jorja Clemson (L) presents Hector Montoya with an old city coin that was once her mother’s, Mayor Pro Tem Ruthe Jackson. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Kidde Smoke Detector, the largest smoke detector alarm system in the United States, and his parents are now his main contributors.

The homes selected to receive an alarm are identified through local city fire departments; church groups and often people who hear about his initiative contact him to receive his services.

Montoya has recently taken his mission to another level, writing a book about fire safety that he plans to publish soon.

City Council Member Mike Del Bosque (R) presents Hector Montoya with a $1,000 check from the Del Bosque Family Foundation to help publish his fire safety book. ©Bob Fitch – 2017