Sparky the Fire Dog recommissioned to educate community on fire safety By Shannon Sneed

Members of the Twin Bridges Fire Association pose for pictures with Sparky the Fire Dog, Putnam County Fire Chief Shane Hill and Putnam County commissioners at a recent meeting.

Representatives from Twin Bridges Fire Association presented the recently recommissioned Sparky the Fire Dog to the Putnam County Board of Commissioners Aug. 4. After receiving repairs from Chuck Foy on his circuit boards along with some body work by John Langley, Sparky was introduced back into the community for service. Twin Bridges Fire Association President Emory Turner, Vice President Lt. Scott Trull and former Commissioner Billy Webster spoke at the meeting and gave a brief history and update on the mascot. Trull said Sparky started out in 1951 as the “official spokes-dog” for fire safety. In the 60s, Sparky had his own song, “Help Sparky the firedog.” The 80s brought a campaign introducing “Super Sparky”; and in the 90s, he teamed up with Smokey Bear to help prevent forest fires. Today’s modern Sparky, who has become more technical savvy, is still busy educating communities on the importance of fire safety. Restorers spent more than 60 hours to bring the Putnam County fire safety mascot back to life. He had his voice box tweaked and had an MP3 player installed. Webster, who got squirted by Sparky during the presentation, said the fire engine-riding robot will be available before the end of the year for county events where he can educate the community on fire safety. “Thank you for rescuing me,” said Sparky as he greeted commissioners.

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