Fire safety meets Hollywood glamour, as Sparky the Fire Dog took to the red carpet at the American Humane Association's "Hero Dog Awards" gala on Saturday, October 6, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Having Sparky walk the red carpet at the "Hero Dog Awards" ceremony was a perfect and high-profile way to kick-off Fire Prevention Week campaign (October 7-13), which this year, focuses on the importance of planning and practicing 2 ways out of every room in your home. If a fire strikes in your home, it could be engulfed in smoke and flames in just a few minutes. That's why having 2 ways out is such a key part of your plan.
Sparky, escorted down the carpet by puppeteer Tim LaGasse, spoke to several reporters about his excitement about being asked to be the "Official Spokesdog" for this second annual awards ceremony, and shared fire safety tips along the way.
The Hero Dog Awards recognize America’s most courageous canines – ordinary dogs who do astonishing things: saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight, hearing, or medical assistance to their human companions, unselfishly aiding law enforcement, arson investigators, and search and rescue workers, or providing uncompromising love and compassion as therapy dogs.
My colleagues and I were posted to strategic posts along the red carpet to catch all of the action. My assigned spot was near the end of the carpet, and there was a big concrete pillar to my left, so I couldn’t see who was approaching until they got pretty close. But I could hear the shouts and the whirring camera clicks from the big media representatives stationed near the front door. It was all really exciting, not knowing who was coming around the corner. And when the march down the carpet began, it all happened fast and furious.
COMING UP: As part of a series of special posts during Fire Prevention Week, we'll be sharing more photos from the red carpet and talk about our up-close and personal moment with Betty White.