We’ve learned of a couple of the Firestation Mascots, dogs who were part of the team, who seem to be still on the site, in spirit.
According to Betty Kanka of Horseshoe Bay, TX, who lived near the Firestation and attended Lubbock Elementary School across the street,
In the early 1950’s the Fire Station had a mascot. A dog that lived at the station but also rode the trucks. It was a Dalmatian and his name was SPARKY. Sometime in about 1953/54 the dog died. He was buried in front of the Station house in one of the grassy areas between the street and sidewalk. There used to be a chain link fence around the area and a marker. I don’t know when the fence and marker were removed.
A retired firefighter, Harold Cobb, stopped by the Firestation recently, and told a story that his brother had worked in the Firestation for many years, and during that time they’d had DOMINO, who would chase after the firetrucks if they ever dared to leave the Firestation without him. When he passed, he was buried on the Sampson side of the building between the two big doors.