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Sparky will stand proud on memorial Published: March 21, 2013

ENID -- For more than 30 years, Phil Clover served the City of Enid, about half of that as fire chief.

He included in his list of duties portraying Sparky the Fire Dog, entertaining children and adults alike while promoting fire safety.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that Clover -- and Sparky -- soon will have a permanent place in the city at the plaza for Convention Hall.

The tribute will include a statue of Sparky, done by artist Denise Rinkovsky, who was commissioned to create the memorial.

Clover died Oct. 23, 2011, but the memory of both his efforts and Sparky's antics will live on through the memorial.

Current Chief Joe Jackson told the newspaper: “Interacting with the city’s youngest constituents as Sparky was arguably Philip’s favorite part of the job. His animated antics and love of life behind the mask made him a favorite of young and old alike.”

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