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Thomson, GA, December 21, 2012 … Hard-working hometown heroes of Thomson, Georgia will get a firehouse makeover provided by California Casualty insurance.  Once complete, community will celebrate with guests from California Casualty and television's "Maytag Repairman".

Firefighter Tameka "Ron" Cody is going to be the most popular guy in Thomson, Georgia today.  His was the winning entry in the "Firehouse Makeover" contest presented by California Casualty.  Now Cody and his fellow heroes at the Thomson Fire Department will enjoy a complete overhaul of their fire house in Thomson, Georgia.  The makeover is valued at over $15,000.  Cody and his fellow firefighters found out they won at a holiday luncheon held earlier today for Thomson City employees.  Surprise, guys!  On-hand to deliver the news was Fire Chief Rick Sewell, Thomson mayor Kenneth Usry,  representatives from California Casualty, members of the City Council and just about every city employee in town.

Upon receiving the award, a grateful and surprised Mr. Cody said "I'm glad I entered the contest and that I was able to do something that benefited the City of Thomson.  We really need it".  Ron's fellow firefighters chimed in with "We are excited and ecstatic!  This makeover is very much needed."

Prizes will be provided by several supporting sponsors, including new kitchen and laundry appliances from Maytag, a fresh coat of paint inside and out from Sherwin-Williams,and a big-screen, closed circuit TV system from FireRescueTV. "

The Firehouse Makeover was created to honor the hard work and sacrifice of firefighters across America. First responders dedicate their lives to the service of others, and now it's our turn to serve them. California Casualty is proud to protect the homes and automobiles of firefighters across the country, and now we're going to improve the second home where Thomson's firefighters spend so much of their time." says Mike McCormick, Vice President of California Casualty. "Where slashed budgets have delayed or eliminated station upgrades, California Casualty comes to the rescue with the Firehouse Makeover." California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to the most valuable and dedicated members of our society, including nurses, educators, law enforcement personnel, and firefighters. View the original contest entry web page at

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About California Casualty: California Casualty is a 98-year-old policyholder-owned company headquartered in San Mateo, CA with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas. More information about their auto and home insurance for firefighters, peace officers, educators, and nurses can be found at