Pasadena’s first responders can now sleep in comfort as they await emergency calls, after Sit ‘n Sleep donated 53 new Tempur-pedic mattresses to the Pasadena Fire Department.
The donation by the Gardena-based beds and mattresses distributor was a way of honoring Pasadena firemen and women during Fire Prevention Week.
On Friday, October 9, Pasadena firefighters helped unload the new beds and box springs at Station 33 on North Lake Avenue and attended a short ceremony for the turnover of the new mattresses.
Sit ‘n Sleep Chief Executive Officer Larry Miller said he partnered with the Tempur-pedic mattress company for the donation.
“I talked to the Tempur-Pedic people and they helped us by reducing the price,” Miller said. “If not for them, this wouldn’t have been possible.”
The 53 mattresses are among 252 the company is donating to four fire stations in Southern California. The total cost of the donations is about $300,000.
Mattresses are line item supplies for fire stations that are expensive and usually the last things that get replaced among a fire station’s equipment. Among Pasadena’s fire stations, some of the mattresses are said to be over a decade old.
The new mattresses will be distributed among Pasadena’s eight fire stations. The Pasadena Fire Department currently has 150 firefighters.