Albuquerque firefighters help business owner in a unique way

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque business owner is getting some help from her neighbors, the firefighters at Station 9. However, they’re not protecting her from a fire, but from crooks.

After a string of bad activity surrounding the neighborhood, those firefighters took it upon themselves to help the owner of Menaul Book Exchange feel a little safer.

In recent years, Dorothy Scrivner has seen an increase in crime at her book store near Eubank and Menaul.

“The neighborhood has been getting a little bit more uncomfortable,” she said.

Even her neighbors at Station 9, right across the street, have felt it.

“There’s been break-ins to not only this business, but the fire station, the vehicles at the fire station, and the private residents,” said Alberto Ortega, Steward of Local 244.

That’s when they took it upon themselves to install security cameras all over Dorothy’s book store.

“All of the equipment and the cameras were donated from the Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters’s funds and the time was donated by the fire fighters to do the installation,” said Ortega.

The firefighters said they didn’t hestitate to give their personal time and money to help out their neighbor.

“She really is our family across the street. This is the way we try and be with all of our areas, our communities, our business members,” said Jeremiah Hansen of the 244 Local Unit.

Even though the cameras were only installed about a week ago, they’re already making a difference.

“We heard from Dorothy the other day that she had one person come into the store, saw the cameras, turned around and left immediately,” said Hansen.

Now, Dorothy is just thankful she has the extra set of eyes to keep her business and customers safe.

“They have kept us safe already for many years, and I really appreciated it when they said could we work together and do this and I thought it was terrific. I’m very grateful for what they’ve done,” she said.

Scrivner has been at her book store since the 1980’s and says this is the first time she’s seen such an increase in crime.

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