Sparky has a new home in Shawnee

Special to the News-Star
State Farm Agent Dennis recently donated a Sparky the Fire Dog education kit to special education teacher Christina Heck from Horace Mann Elementary School.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agent Dennis Morris teamed up recently to support fire safety in Shawnee. Morris recently donated a Sparky the Fire Dog education kit to special education teacher Christina Heck from Horace Mann Elementary School. Each kit shares the story of Sparky and includes several books and a plush Sparky figure.

Over the years, the iconic fire dog has used a multitude of educational techniques, including books, online resources, videos, and apps to share important safety messages like “Stop, drop and roll”; “Dial 9-1-1”; and “Know two ways out.” His dogged determination has ultimately helped reduce fire loss and injuries in North America.

“We are excited to pass a great instructional and safety resource along to our friends at our local elementary school,” said Morris. “Sparky has a new home!”

Sparky the Fire Dog was created for the NFPA in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In addition to connecting with the public through educational programs, he has a very active website, sparky.org, which allows kids to explore and learn about fire safety in a trusted, interactive environment. Sparky the Fire Dog® is a registered trademark of NFPA.

About the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)

Founded in 1896, NFPA® is a global self-funded nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.