TRADITION

LOCATION: FIRE STATION # 26 IN STAPLETON

ARTIST: RETIRED FIREFIGHTER JOE CIPRI (WESTMINSTER, CO)

INSTALLED: 2007

This artwork is a two-subject, bronze sculpture of a life-size firefighter proudly standing with one of the Fire Department’s trusted comrades, Chief, the firehouse dog. Since the early ‘60s, this loving canine has been a legend at the Denver Fire Department.

As an honorary firefighter, Chief gave unconditional love and support to all who worked with him. When a long ring came in, Chief was the first to the rig. While working at a fire, he earned his keep by barking from the pumper-truck and keeping onlookers at bay. Chief eventually passed away and was the last Dalmatian to officially ride with the Denver Fire Department.