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Guymon Fire Department Icon Injured

Joe Denoyer - November 17, 2022 4:51 pm

Guymon Firefighters are coming to the aid of one of their own, but this one
has a special relationship within the Community as well.

Mayday is the Fire Department’s 8-year-old female Dalmatian. For the past 8
years, she has stood at the ready to greet people at Station 1 and carry out her
Public Relations duties during Fire Prevention. Since she was 2-years old, she has
been teaching and demonstrating to kids and adults how to “Stop, Drop, and
Roll”. In parades, she sits high in her dedicated seat on the 1920 Fire Truck and enjoys seeing everyone around. “She is a Station and Department Icon”, said Fire
Chief Grant Wadley.

Dalmatians have a long tradition in the fire service, dating back to the horse-drawn days. Now the role of a Fire House Dalmatian isn’t keeping the horses calm
and safe, but protector of the men and women of the department in the Station.
Last month while responding to the schools with Firefighters teaching Fire
Prevention, Mayday lost her footing getting out of the Ladder truck and severely
injured her hind leg. At that moment, it didn’t stop her from meeting and licking
the kids who had been anticipating her arrival, then she was carried back to the
Fire Truck by her Firefighters once her job was done. Doctors found she has a
severe leg injury which is equivalent to the human version of a complete tear of
her ACL. If not repaired, she may not have use of her leg. It requires a special
surgery that will be performed in Amarillo next month.

Once the surgery is completed, she will have a long downtime and rehab. “The
the goal is to get Mayday back to her normal active self and continue putting joy into
the community with her service”, said Fire Chief Grant Wadley.
Guymon Firefighters Local 4256 and the Guymon Firefighters Association are
selling tickets with all the proceeds going towards aiding in the funding of
Maydays surgery and post-care. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Each ticket sold has a chance to win a new large Pellet Smoker/Grill.

The drawing for the Smoker will be on January 2, 2023. If wanting to purchase tickets, contact a Guymon
Firefighters or contact the Guymon Fire Department at 580-338-5536. More
information can also be found on the Guymon Fire Department Facebook page or
Mayday Facebook page at GuymonFD” Mayday”.

 

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