Duncan… The Magazine Winter 2018 - Page 16

Sparky and some of the others go out in the truck and get to play elves for Santa. “We’ve always done something at Christmas where we adopt a few families, tried to do it just as a fi re department and then Byford Auto came to our Chief and asked for a little bit of help to get the bikes distributed,” Smiley said. “We are pretty good at knowing addresses for everything, we tend to know where everything is at and we got started helping them that way.” Sparky held up his book of maps he had been studying. “Th at is something all fi refi ghter do is study streets and locations of landmarks so they can fi nd people in trouble,” Sparky woofed. “Smoke hides their smell so I can’t always fi nd them that way so knowing your address is really important.” Smiley laughed and nodded, he said everyone liked to be part of the deliveries. “Th e best part of delivering the “We’ve always done something at Christmas where we adopt a few families, tried to do it just as a fi re department and then Byford Auto came to our Chief and asked for a little bit of help to get the bikes distributed.” — Lane Smiley bikes is the kids being excited to get a bike and watching them compare bikes too, that is pretty fun because we try not to get just generic bikes, the kids all get diff erent kinds of bikes” he said. “Like when two brothers came up and one got a red bike and one got a Captain America bike. We had a few superhero bikes that they were really excited about and were talking about whose bike 1713 N Highway 81 Duncan, OK 73533 (580)255-3500 www.acehardware.com We are an Authorized Independent STIHL Dealer. www.acehardware.com (580)255-3500 *“Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. could beat up the other bike.” Sparky said his favorite superhero was Marshall — from Paw Patrol for those of you not in the know. Marshall is a fi refi ghting Dalmatian like Sparky, he helps extinguish fi res, rescue animals from up high with his ladder and is also a medic when needed. Sparky was tight lipped about whether or not he was related to Marshall. “We have to make sure Sparky watches all of his cartoons every day,” Smiley joked. When the fi re truck pulls up for a bike delivery the kids usually don’t know why. “Th ey are always excited since we do fi re prevention week and we go to all the schools, a lot of the kids have already seen the fi re trucks and they are excited about it,” Sparky said. “But when we come in December and fi retrucks show up to their house they are pretty excited about it — then I jump out and they go a little crazy. Once we put the bike in front of them they forget about the fi re truck pretty fast.” Sparky loves going on the deliveries. “Th is is the time of year I get the most pets and hugs — I’m usually working and you aren’t ‘possed to pet working dogs — so I like to get my fi ll of hugs,” Sparky said wagging his tail. Smiley said in a way, it was the same for the fi refi ghters too. “It’s a really good feeling because most of the interaction we get with the public is on the worst day — we don’t get to see people when good stuff happens,” he said, “We get to hang out with people when there is a tragedy or emergency so it is defi nitely a nice change to be part of the good things. It’s nice to show up to someone’s house and they run out excited rather then running out screaming.” Th e duo also had some Christmas safety items for families to make the season merry bright and accident free. “We really need to make sure people are not overloading their 16 DUNCAN MAGAZINE | WINTER 2018