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Posted: October 30, 2012 9:08 p.m.

Covington Fire gets new mascot ‘Blaze’

The Covington Fire Department recently got a new mascot with a fierce name thanks to Walmart and youth Caitlyn Mathis.

Caitlyn, who is the daughter of firefighter Jeremy Mathis, had the winning entry in the department's "Name That Dog" contest held at its recent Family Safety Fun Night, as she submitted the name Blaze. For her efforts, she received a Nintendo DS3 from Walmart.

Blaze will attend future fire safety and community events. The fire department's previous dog suit was damaged beyond repair and Walmart also gave the department a grant to buy a new suit.

Fire Safety Educator Randy Ross said the department decided to buy its own suit, instead of buying the suit of an already established mascot, such as Firepup of the National Fire Safety Council or Sparky of the National Fire Protection Association.

To learn more about fire safety or how to have Blaze attend an event, contact Ross at (770) 385-2100.

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