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Sparky saved this item for last since he likes to think of himself as old (now that he is 65!) and faithful and it seemed fitting! He visited the Yellowstone National Park to watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupt! Old Faithful was discovered in 1870 making it a little bit (a lot bit) older than Sparky. This geyser erupts around 20 times a day, getting to heights between 100-180 feet. The water temperature can even measure at 204oF with a steam temperature measured at 350oF. Sparky is very excited that he has completed every item on his birthday bucket list, and is amazed at all the fun he has had this year along the way. Now, he is ready for a nap!     

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he wanted to accomplish between his birthday and the end of October. Now that he has checked them all off his list, look back at all of them through the photo album.

Sparky travels to the New England Aquarium and goes on a whale watch to check number 64 off of his birthday bucket list. The New England Aquarium whale watch sails across the Stellwagen Bank, where you’re able to see different types of whales. These whales could include, acrobatic humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, as well as pilot whales and the critically endangered right whales. Whales are not the only marine life in the waters around Boston, lucky watchers might also see dolphins, and sea birds during their trip.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Sparky couldn’t have traveled to Washington D.C., without stopping by the Washington Monument before he left. Being one of the most visited tourist attractions, the Washington Monument is located between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Fun fact about the Washington Monument is that it serves an awe-inspiring reminder of George Washington’s greatness as he rallied the thirteen colonies to become our nation’s first president. The Monument stands 555 feet, 5-1/8 inches.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

Sparky traveled to Washington D.C., visiting our nation’s capitol. Fun fact: our nation’s capitol was founded and established by the Constitution of the United States on July, 16 1790. Because it’s a huge tourist attraction there are many activities to participate while you are visiting Washington D.C. including, free museums, memorials sites and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. This time, Sparky took a trip over to the iconic Capitol Building, the home of the United States Congress. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District's street-numbering system and the District's four quadrants!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky didn’t have to do much traveling today to cross bucket list item #61 off his list! NFPA’s National Electrical Code is adopted in all 50 states, and is the benchmark for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to protect people and property from electrical hazards. Since everyone in the U.S. must follow the NEC, Sparky hopes everyone has read it, and looked to set a good example by reading the brand new 2017 edition cover to cover! (P.S. if you aren’t quite as up to date as Sparky, you can grab your copy of the 2017 edition too.)

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky visits the Boston Fire Department where he was able to ride on the fire boat called Marine 1. The Marine 1 fire boat joined the Boston Fire Department in 2011, replacing fire boat Firefighter. Sparky is lucky to live near a fire department that has a need for, and has a fire boat – to give him chance to test his sea legs and experience a different fire service apparatus!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky traveled to Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan to watch the Treaty 4 Gathering/Pow Wow. While he was there, Sparky met over 200 new people whom he interacted with and took photos. Sparky watched the Pow Wow dancer’s demonstration and enjoyed every minute of it. He even got up and joined them, showing off his dancing moves during the round dance. Towards the end of the visit everyone around him sang Happy Birthday to Sparky! Now that’s a special treat Sparky will never forget. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky headed down to NFPA’s local gym for a workout (Sparky likes to be healthy AND fire safe!)As an item on his bucket list, Sparky wanted to be able to hold a plank for 1 entire minute, and so he has been building up to it by toughening up his core. Boy was this a tough one to check off the list, but Sparky was able to complete his 1 minute plank for #58!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky “blasted” off two bucket list items after visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and experiencing Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Sparky got to explore NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s launch center, astronaut hall of fame and museum where you can explore Space Shuttle Atlantis! Then, Sparky headed to Alabama to have fun at Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Space Camp launched in 1982 to inspire and motivate young people from around the country to join the ranks of space pioneers who persevere to push the boundaries of human exploration. Trainee alumni have gone on to become astronauts, engineers and scientists! 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky didn’t have to travel too far (NFPA Lounge) in checking off another accomplishment for his bucket list by completing an entire crossword puzzle! Sparky did enjoy his time reading the clues, figuring out answers and either writing them vertically or horizontally. Crossword puzzles can be tricky, and so completing one can create a huge sense of pride. Sparky promises he didn’t even get any help finishing this one up!

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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With NFPA headquartered in Quincy, MA – the Red Sox are technically Sparky’s home team. Between that and it’s iconic status as a ball park that can’t be missed, Sparky visited Fenway Park and saw the Green Monster as part of his birthday bucket list. Fenway Park is the official home for the Boston Red Sox, and originally opened in 1912. The Green Monster stands 37 feet 2 inches looking over leftfield with 264 seats available for people to sit. Sparky would like to thank Massachusetts Fire Services and Peter J. Ostroskey, State Fire Marshal for setting up this trip. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky took a trip to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that’s pays tribute to the brave people who were either killed or missing in action during the war. The real Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is located in Washington, D.C. If you can’t make it to D.C. though – like Sparky, you can see the mobile Veterans Memorial Moving Wall. The mobile moving wall has traveled across the country for over thirty years.

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

#52 - Legoland.jpgSparky recently visited LegoLand Florida Resort. While he was there Sparky learned that NFPA have been partnering up with LegoLand for several years in support of the first responders. Together NFPA and LegoLand has created awareness of first responders, fire prevention tips and emergency response efforts throughout the year. LegoLand Florida Resort is also offering free admission to the first responders throughout the month of September. 

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky was able to meet the newest member of the Fire Safety Dog family Molly. Molly is a living, breathing fire service dog who travels across the U.S. to help teach fire safety to children and adults in efforts to save lives, reduce injuries and fire loss. She is also an honorary Fire Marshal for Little Rock Fire Department!

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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Sparky traveled to Montana to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Located in southeastern Montana, the Little Bighorn Battlefield memorializes the battle between the United States seventh Cavalry Regiment and the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. An Indian Memorial was dedicated here in 2003. It was built to honor all of the tribes defending their way of life at the Battle. Tour buses and self-guiding tours are also provided to experience the battlefield yourself.

 

Sparky turned 65 on March 18, 2016, and we have been pulling out all the stops to help him celebrate! He’s created a bucket list of 65 activities and events he’d like to accomplish between his birthday and October. As he checks them off his list, we’ll make sure to share them with you. Some of Sparky’s wishes are pretty lofty, while others are just fun or a bit silly. Check in weekly to see where he goes and what he’s up to!

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