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I'd like to introduce you to a good friend of mine, and to the fire service. Dayna Hilton and her family of dalmatians are making a difference through their energetic fire education programs. I first met Dayna and Sparkles through email a few months ago and quickly became a huge fan of their passion and dedication for teaching safety. If you haven't been there yet, here is a website where you can visit to learn more about this remarkable team

It is so easy for us as firefighters to forget that prevention, code enforcement and educating the public is just as important as stretching hand-lines, proper ventilation, and water supply. If we can stop a fire or accident before it starts through guidance and education, then we've fulfilled our job as guardians of our community. As Sparkles teaches us in this illustration; prevention is our mission, too!

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Comment by Tracy Last on October 10, 2016 at 12:24pm
Sorry to hear about Sparkles! :'( Beautiful illustrations depicting the importance of fire and life safety.
Comment by Paul Combs on October 26, 2010 at 7:11am
I'm very sad to report this morning that Sparkles, the beautiful Dalmatian which this editorial cartoon was inspired by, has passed away. This from Dayna Hilton:

Dear friends~
It is with great sadness to share with you that my best friend, Sparkles, passed away last night. Even though she is gone, her message of helping keep people safe from fire will live on. Please pray for her, her family, her fire service family, and for all of the many people, especially children, of whose lives she has touched.

Please keep Dayna and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Comment by Sonny O'Connor on October 16, 2010 at 9:29pm
I don't know if other departments do this or not, but part of "probie school" in our department, requires a number of fire prevention hours. They can do that by school presentations, tours etc. It works great in my honest opinion.
Comment by Paul Combs on October 14, 2010 at 10:53am
...and you're welcome!
Comment by Paul Combs on October 14, 2010 at 10:53am
Well said!
Comment by Brad Hoff on October 14, 2010 at 10:51am
Sometimes we forget we're in the buisness of putting ourselves out of a job! Fire Prevention is a job we can all live with!

Thanks Brother!
Comment by Ozzie Mirkhah on October 8, 2010 at 10:57am
Absolutely right. Great job my friend. Oz :-)
Comment by Mike France on October 8, 2010 at 5:41am
Outstanding and How true

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