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Benefit for Siren the fire safety dog

Lakeville, N.Y. -- We first met the adorable Dalmatian a year ago when he was a puppy. You should see him now. Hes almost 60 pounds and 15 months old. Hes not only grown-up, he has learned fire safety tricks. He can stop and drop and is still working on the roll.

He also can crawl through a simulator to show school children how to stay low if they have a fire in their home, because smoke and heat rise.

Siren works two to three days a week teaching fire safety to children in schools and adults in nursing homes in Livingston County. Friends are holding a benefit in his honor so he can keep teaching these important lessons.

Bands and local businesses have donated their time and services to host the event. It will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeville Fire Training Grounds at 5939 Stonehill Road. The money raised will be used to pay for training materials given to children and adults and other expenses to keep Siren on the job as the only fire dog in Livingston County.


His owner, Brian Shannon, said he hopes eventually to be able to use Siren in other fire departments, including Greece, where he also works as a firefighter at the Ridge Road Fire District. Shannon said Siren is a hit wherever he goes and is right at home in the fire house in Avon, where Shannon also works and on the fire truck.

Hes also a popular pup on Facebook, with more than 1,100 friends.

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