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GEORGIA-PACIFIC DONATES BUILDING MATERIALS TO REBUILD FIREFIGHTERS HOMES

 GEORGIA-PACIFIC DONATES BUILDING MATERIALS
 TO REBUILD FIREFIGHTERS HOMES
 MIAMI, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Dade County fire and rescue workers will have their homes repaired by building and roofing supplies donated by Georgia-Pacific Corp. when two tractor trailer trucks unload at the Port of Miami today. An additional two tractor trailer loads of building materials will arrive within the next few days.
 Georgia-Pacific, one of the largest manufacturers of building products in the United States, is donating plywood, roofing felt and lumber to Firefighters Relief, which is seeking to assist the 350 Dade County firefighters whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Andrew.
 "This will give my men some peace of mind on the job, knowing their families are safe and secure in their homes," said John C. Ludwick, chief of Metro Dade Fire and Rescue. Chief Ludwick says that about 350 of his men and their families are without secure homes because of the hurricane's devastating winds.
 "Georgia-Pacific has a long-standing commitment to firefighters in the communities where we do business," said A.D. "Pete" Correll, president and chief operating officer. "In hundreds of smaller communities across the country, many Georgia-Pacific employees are themselves volunteer firefighters. We're glad to help them in any way we can."
 The building materials are being unloaded by firefighters from around the country who are in South Florida to volunteer their services to their local colleagues.
 "The response from our brother firefighters has been overwhelming. We're just grateful for these building materials so the volunteers can help in repairing our homes," Chief Ludwick said.
 "While our dedicated firefighters are out helping others, it's important that we help them and their families," Correll said.
 The donation of the plywood, lumber and roofing felt to firefighters is part of a greater effort to assist South Florida and South Louisiana families devastated by the hurricane. Georgia-Pacific has sent already tissue products, and company employees currently are sending tractor trailers laden with food collected during the past several days. The company also is preparing to send about 15,000 to 20,000 corrugated boxes for hurricane victims to store belongings they have been able to salvage, and to help them prepare to move to temporary lodgings.
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 /CONTACT: Sheila Weidman of Georgia-Pacific, 404-521-4732/
 (GP) CO: Georgia-Pacific Corporation ST: Florida IN: PAP SU:


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