Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, October 5 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Bobby Wagner partners with USAA to learn more about wildfire prevention.
Year 12 for Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has gotten off to a great start after returning to the franchise in March via free agency. From releasing his FAST54 comic book in support of stroke education, to Seattle's 3-1 start during which Wagner has recorded a team-high 50 tackles and 2.0 sacks, Wagner continues to make an impact on-and-off the field. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles native partnered with USAA to visit the Renton Fire Department to discuss wildfire prevention.
The Renton Fire Department partnered with Wagner and USAA for their new “Prevent Defense” campaign, dedicated to educating the region about preventing wildfires in their area. In August, a series of wildfires broke out in Canada and across the Pacific Northwest, including the “Gray Fire” that burned 240 homes down in the Medical Lake area. Despite the Northwest's reputation for rain, the wildfire danger is significant in the region, and Wagner’s commitment to the cause came from a desire to protect the community.
"I think the biggest thing is to really educate and spread knowledge," said Wagner. "I think a lot of times people (think that) because it rains a lot, that we don't have this issue. But it is a real issue and something that happens all the time. It's something that we can prevent. Ninety percent of the wildfires are caused by humans, so there's a part that we can play. I think the biggest thing is to try to protect our city that we love and this is one way to do it. And I love partnering up with USAA and the Renton Fire Department to make this happen."
Wagner visited the Renton Regional Fire Authority Fire Station 12 on Wednesday, where firefighters, military personnel and local fans were there to meet the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion and learn more about wildfire safety.
The department presented Wagner with a yellow fireman's hat, honoring Wagner as an honorary Deputy Fire Marshall.
Since returning to Seattle after a season with the Los Angeles Rams, Wagner has extended himself to the community, especially the youth. In July, Wagner took more than a dozen youth on his “Tackle Everything Tech” tour, making stops at Boeing's Renton factory and Lumen Field to be educated on potential future opportunities. In a matter of months, Wagner has re-established himself as a community advocate off-the-field, while leading the Seahawks on the gridiron.
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