Clean Sweep Program Honors Local Advocate

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A program in Buffalo is fixing up local neighborhoods.

Wednesday morning, volunteers gathered for the 21st Clean Sweep Program of the summer.

Wednesday's event had a special touch -- Ken and Kim Hansen were honored. They have donated 150 Carbon Monoxide detectors throughout the summer.

Ken Hansen gave out 20 detectors on one street in Buffalo's east side, to residents who couldn't afford them.

Hansen says "it's actually one of the streets I've handed out the most so far. That's 20 homes that are now safe. It helps."

He also educated residents on the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Hansen has distributed thousands of carbon monoxide detectors in Western New York through a program dedicated to his daughter Amanda, who died from carbon monoxide poisoning several years ago.

Hansen says "For me, personally, that's all I got. That's a commitment I made to Amanda. I promised her that I'm not going to sleep until I know every home is safe."

The Clean Sweep program has a large purpose throughout Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown told Eyewitness News it helps improve the quality of life, by identifying and getting rid of blighted buildings. Dental students even walked the streets, educating residents about oral hygiene.

The program also helps fight crime.

Mayor Brown says police and federal agents talk to neighbors about illegal activity in the area, and often make arrests.