2008-03-26 / Front Page

Matawan Fire Dept. has gone to the dogs

BY ERIN O. STATTEL Staff Writer

Matawan Deputy Clerk Karen Wynne issues "dog licenses" to the fire department's new mascots. Matawan Deputy Clerk Karen Wynne issues "dog licenses" to the fire department's new mascots. MATAWAN- The borough's fallen firefighters have been memorialized through the fire department's new mascots, who are already spreading goodwill and awareness in the community.

Sparky the Fire Dog and Nozzle the Dog, the two new costumedmascots for the Matawan Fire Department, recently "received their rabies shots" in a show of solidarity with the borough's annual rabies vaccination clinic held March 13 at Midway Hook and Ladder Company Fire Station on Broad Street.

The free clinic was hosted by the Monmouth County Health Department.

Borough Deputy Clerk Karen Wynne issued "dog licenses" to Sparky and Nozzle, setting an example for other borough dog owners.

"The event went well," Wynne said. "We had a great turnout and it was a nice time."

Wynne said the borough issued 22 dog licenses at the Monmouth County-sponsored event. Borough-issued dog licenses start at $8.20, but the fees fluctuate based on whether the dog is spayed/neutered.

Capt. Dennis E. Sampson of Midway Hose Company No. 2 said the mascots were a hit at the event.

"They were really well received from the public and will play a big role in the community," he said.

At the March 4 Borough Council meeting, the mascots were dedicated to two fallen firefighters. Fire officials led the dedication, explaining that themascots will be used for fire safety education for children.

Sparky was dedicated to former Chief George Petrosky, who died after sustaining injuries while directing traffic for a fire call in September 2003. Petrosky was a 50-year veteran of the Midway Hose Company.

Nozzle was dedicated to Robert Kilcomins, who passed away in 1938 after experiencing severe chest pains at a fire call. Kilcomins was a dedicated member of M.E. Haley Hose Company.

In honor of Kilcomins and Petrosky, the coat of each mascot is embroidered with the fallen firefighter's name and dates of service.

The mascots will be used for educational and training purposes.

According to Sampson, the mascots were purchased from donations and insurance money, to keep the fallen firefighters' memories alive through fire prevention, fire safety and community service.

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