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Boone Motel Deaths - 1 Year Later

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It’s been nearly a year since 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams died in a Boone motel because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

An elderly couple also died in the same hotel room.

Now, family members want carbon monoxide detectors not in just some rooms, but in every hotel room.

The beeping sound of a carbon monoxide detector could have saved young Jeffrey Williams.

He and his mother, Jeannie, checked into a Boone motel last year.

And in less than an hour, police say carbon monoxide seeped into their room and killed Jeffrey.

Jeannie was too upset to talk about her son’s death but she tells me she carries a carbon monoxide detector whenever she travels.

And firefighters say, that’s smart.

"Carbon monoxide is a silent killer - it is colorless, odorless. The only way to detect is to through a detector,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin.

But not every hotel room has one – well at least, not yet.

"We felt carbon monoxide should be in every home, business, every motel room because you never know - even if you don't have fossil fuels inside there could be cars, machinery etc.. that,” said Dulin.

"What we are required to do in hotels put CO detectors into any room that burns a fossil fuel,” said Dunhill Hotel GM John Beatty.

Last year, 3 people in the same motel room in Boone because of carbon monoxide.

"That was our tragic event for the family and for our industry too. It could have been preventable,” said Beatty.

Since then, a new law was passed that required CO detectors in certain rooms.

"Here at the Dunhill Hotel - we have 60 rooms. There's only 1 room because it is adjacent to the boiler room,” said Beatty.

Now there’s a push to have one in every room.

"We feel like CO detectors are just like smoke detectors. Every room should have one,” said Dulin.

"It's very important because they sleep better and then we sleep better,” said Residence Inn GM David Love.

Another change: an inspection by the Fire Department instead of the Health Department.

The goal is to save lives and prevent another Boone incident.

"Safety is of upmost importance to our industry," said Beatty.

"I think everybody wins. It's a small price to pay for the safety of our guests,” said Love.

Jeannie Williams agrees.

She started a non-profit organization to open people’s eyes to the dangers of carbon monoxide.

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