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October 11 proclaimed ‘Smokey The Dog Day’ In Illinois

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Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed October 11 as ‘Smokey the Dog Day’ in Illinois to recognize the achievements of “Smokey,” the fire dog of the Jacksonville Fire Department.

Smokey, a 4-year old black Labrador Retriever mix won the ‘Today” Show’s Top Dog competition and will appear on the television drama “Chicago Fire”. Smokey is guaranteed a role in an episode of this drama series, scheduled to be filmed in Chicago between October 7 and May 31.

“It is important during National Fire Prevention week to recognize public safety professionals who play a critical role in preventing and fighting fires across the Land of Lincoln,” Governor Quinn said in his proclamation.

Smokey’s home is the West Lafayette Avenue fire substation in Jacksonville. Smokey was rescued in 2009 from a residential fire when she was 8 weeks old. Firefighters found her in the room where the fire had started and they rescued her from this precarious situation. The firefighters in Jacksonville gave her oxygen for as long as necessary for her to survive and then they nursed her back to health.

Smokey is now a healthy, beautiful dog who works with children from Jacksonville. She primarily teaches children from Kindergarten to third grade how to “stop, drop and roll.” Smokey’s achievements have been recognized at the end of National Fire Prevention Week in October of this year.

“Today’s proclamation not only recognizes Smokey and the Jacksonville Fire Department but also highlights the important role that mascots play in the lives of the people in general, State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, who presented the proclamation on behalf of the Governor, said. “Smokey is not only a symbol of survival and courage but also a true friend of the children of this great state of Illinois.”

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, that killed more than 250 people, left 100.000 homeless, destroyed more than 17.400 structures and burned more than 2000 acres. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the fire began on October 8 but continued and did most damage on October 9 1871.

Article and image source: eNews Park Forest

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