FLINT (WJRT) (10/18/19) - Sleep is something that can be fleeting for the brave men and women who rush to the scene of a fire.
This is one of a dozen mattresses donated to the Flint Fire Department, replacing beds that date back to the 1980s.
A furniture store hopes to help them to have sweet dreams when they're at the station.
Ashley HomeStore dropped off a dozen mattresses, box frames and other bedding accessories to replace worn out ones at Flint Fire Station No. 1 Friday morning.
The home furnishing center is donating 100 mattresses to fire stations in Flint and Lansing, courtesy of Bedgear. It's their way of giving back to the community.
"It's going to mean a lot, because they lay down and rest and you don't get up with the aches and pains of sleeping on an old mattress where you can feel the springs or the bed frame in your back, when you're laying down to go to sleep," said Flint Fire Chief Raymond Barton.
He said some of the mattresses being replaced have been in the station since he started with the Flint Fire Department in 1987.
The old mattresses will be collected and donated to the charity organization My Brother's Keeper.