Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hansen,
I highly respect the way you have been making a difference, not only in New York State, but in the world. I’m so so sorry for your loss, but you both are so strong to be making such an impact. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and what you are doing is so incredible.
I just wanted to write you and let you know a little story. I work at a school downtown with 3 & 4 year olds & their families. We put flyers in the children’s mailboxes about Carbon monoxide awareness month. I edited the flyer and wrote about Amanda Hansen and her story, including the website for her foundation, and a picture of her. The flyer also said how a location near the school was going to give out free carbon monoxide detectors on a certain day. I would love to help in another way somehow.
I just read the article in the Buffalo News online. It was a nice one. But what made me mad was when you said people have said to you; “You were great parents, but you made one mistake.” You DIDN’T make any mistakes AT ALL. People are crazy to tell you that. You didn’t know her friend did not have a detector. It is not your fault at all. I also just wanted to let you know that.
Good luck in your lives and spreading awareness and making such a difference. If there is anything I can do, let me know. I would love to help somehow.
Hilary Cwick (From West Seneca)
I want to express my sincere gratitude to your foundation and your efforts to reach out to the public concerning carbon monoxide poisoning. Aware of the Hansen family tragedy through the media, I was in the bank lobby two Christmas’ ago, where there was a display of detectors for sale with Amanda’s picture. Ordinarily I wouldn’t even think about buying a detector, but seeing that display with her picture made me buy one for my son’s apt in VA. I am not a religious person but Amanda’s angel was watching over our family because last Sunday the detector went off at 6am while my son and his girlfriend were sleeping. The inspector said he has never seen a reading so high, and that it was a miracle they were alive. Saved only by the detector. They went to the ER and their oxygen levels were low, but they are doing fine. Sadly the landlord did not take this incident seriously. There is no law in Virginia requiring landlords to install detectors. Unfortunately in our society it often takes a tragedy to to make things right. Bless Amanda and her family. They saved 2 young people’s lives and those of their families, who would have been stricken forever by their grief had they lost them.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I learned about your beautiful daughter on the news and it just broke my heart. Soon after, my husband and I purchased a carbon monoxide detector. December 15th, 2009 at 3 am I awoke from a sound sleep to a really loud and annoying beeping sound. I woke up my husband and we grabbed our little girls (ages 7 & 5) out of their beds and got out of the house. As it turns out our furnace had been malfunctioning and was leaking carbon monoxide. I was told by the police, firemen, and the furnace inspector the detector saved our lives.
I just wanted to thank you for the work you are doing. Because of this information that you share, my family is safe.
Thank you from my family,
Bob, Cathy, Emily and Aubrey Hansen
Thank God for the friends in my life truly!
My dear friend Ken Hansen gave me a carbon monoxide alarm thru his foundation named for his daughter AMANDA. I decided to get one for my son and daughter in law. They had a leak in their wall heater and because of the detector it saved the lives of my daughter in law and grandson!
SO VERY GRATEFUL! !
I want you to know, based upon your public service announcements this month, and the scare that the family on Grand Island just went through, that I have purchased and am now using carbon monoxide detectors in my house. For the life of me, I cannot understand why I didn’t do this years ago!
I guess my point is, is that you and your foundation are making a difference in telling people to install the detectors.
Thank you very much!
Bruce A. Shields, Ph.D.
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226-3592
Kim and Ken,
My name is Shawn Turpyn, and I recently saw the story on the news about the anniversary of the law in your daughters name.
As I read the news, and then your website, I couldn’t help but see the eerie similarities between your story and mine. This past December 9th, 2010, I lost my 20 yr old daughter to carbon monoxide poisoning. As in your case, having detectors in my own house didn’t help since she was staying at her boyfriends apartment overnight. Ironically, it was also at 8:30 in the morning that I got the call from the police that there was an “accident”, although they wouldn’t tell me what it was or her condition at the time. Since we had a major snowstorm the night before, I assumed that it was a car accident and certainly wasn’t expecting the news that awaited me at Rochester General hospital when I arrived.
Heather was on life support for two days before being declared brain dead, although I knew the second that they came in to talk to me before I even saw her that she was gone….I could see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices.
You not only have my deepest condolences for your loss of Amanda, but I wanted to applaud you for taking the step to get the law made. Although it wasn’t able to save Heather, hopefully it will save countless others.
I don’t yet have the strength to do what you have done, but I am making a impact on a much smaller scale. I’ve personally handed out about two dozen detectors so far to people that didn’t yet have them…….baby steps……but hopefully it’s enough to keep other people from having to go through what we have had to endure.
Hope all is well with you. I have been meaning to write and tell you what a great interview you did with the family that lost their daughter to carbon monoxide poisoning. I listened to it before you called me for the winter skin survival part, and it made a big impact on me. I checked out their website as well. I give them so much credit for doing what they have done for other families after going through such an unbelievable tragedy. I went right out and bought all new carbon monoxide detectors and put the month and year on them as they recommended. Of course, they had CO detectors in their own home, and it did not matter. Like you said on the show, it’s always hard to question the parents of kids when your own kid sleeps over at their house. I actually don’t even ask about guns anymore, because I don’t know what to ask or what to do with the information. Ask if they have them? if they lock them up? I feel like they will always say they lock them up but how do you really know how safe things are. We live in the Springville area. Hunting is common. So I thought about how I would ask about CO detectors and about how much I would really feel comfortable about quizzing them; like where do they keep them, how old are they, etc.; so hard. I decided to buy an extra battery powered one that can be taken by any of us who sleep at someone else’s house. That way, no quizzing but presumably safe.
Anyhow, I just looked at the WECK website to get that family’s website again and noticed that that seems to have been your last show. Is that correct, or is the website out of date? I’m hoping that you did not lose your show. You did such a great job. Or maybe you just went off to bigger and better things? Let me know.
I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. My husband and I moved into our home in December. A few weeks after moving in we saw your commercial for Carbon monoxide detectors. My husband and I looked around and discovered that we did not have any in the home. The following week we were in Home depot and I remembered the commercial. We decided to buy 2 right away. Within a week we had them installed, never imagining that we would ever need them. Two nights ago I awoke at 3:00 am to an alarm going off. Not knowing what it was I woke my husband. We discovered both alarms were going off. We called 911, woke up our son and went out to the car. When the firemen arrived it was determined that we did have high levels of carbon monoxide in the house resulting from a problem with our furnace. Luckily we were fine, no one felt sick. within an hour we were back in the house. If it had not been for your commercial, I dont know what would have happened. On behalf of myself, my husband and our 8 year old son I just want to say thank you for saving us from becoming ill or worse. Continue to spread the message until everyone has carbon monoxide detectors. I know that I am telling everyone my story to make sure that they have them in their homes.
I regret that I will be unable to attend the upcoming benefit. But I’d like to please buy a few tickets or make a monetary donation. I hope the event goes well. And on behalf of many many people, I would like to thank you for being a leader in carbon monoxide detector awareness. Please let me know how I can donate. I am from the neighborhood, feel free to mail me a donation form if you have such a thing.
Thanks, Eric Gersbacher
Class of 2009
First I would like to extend my sympathy to the family of Amanda. The loss of a child is something no one can imagine. I know… I lost my son Justin Buchholtz on 12/7/2010. He was hit by a car and killed while walking on the road because the sidewalks were not shoveled. My mother and my brother on the other hand were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning a few years ago in Cheektowaga. We just passed the anniversary of their deaths in January.We did not think of detectors at that time. I now have 3 in my home. The news was all over it for a few days and people ran out to buy detectors but then everything dies down and people forget. I am so glad this family can do something in their daughters memory. Can you please forward this to the family? I know their pain.
Sincerely, June Buchholtz
Mr. and Mrs. Hansen,
This is Tracy Schosek with Gliding stars. First let me say I am sorry for the loss of you daughter, Amanda. If the few hour inconvenience at my event last night got the word out again how dangerous carbon monoxide can be, it was worth the inconvenience. Three families including myself purchased detectors today. I hope with all this another family will not have to suffer the way you have. Thank you for doing what you do.
Sincerely, Tracy Schosek