Recently (May 2010), my husband and I decided to visit and pay our respects to Queenie, a very special Dalmatian who was The city of Sulphur’s Fire Department Mascot. We had read about this monument’s ceremony in the Sulphur Times-Democrat newspaper dated Thursday, April 22, 2010. The ceremony according to the Sulphur Times-Democrat newspaper was brief as Queenie was remembered for being on duty from March 1999 (First Alarm) through July, 2009 (Last Alarm). The article in the Sulphur Times-Democrat newspaper further mentioned that this very special Dalmatian was properly buried on the south side of the Fire Department’s premises. The monument was donated by and placed on top of Queenie’s grave by Joe DeArman of DeArman’s Clagg Funeral of Sulphur and Cline Monument of Purcell.
The monument for Queenie is easily obtainable. We were able to park in front of the City Hall and walk over about 10, maybe 15, paces toward the east-side of the Fire Department where the small monument rests. Queenie’s monument faces the busiest street in the city of Sulphur, Broadway Avenue. On the east and west side of the monument there are two little United States of America flags stately standing next to Queenie’s monument. Her picture is in the center, portraying how beautiful she truly was. We had noticed her as we drove by, from time to time, at the Fire Station before her final alarm in July, 2009. We remembered how gorgeous she was, had commented about her beauty whenever we spotted Queenie. She was a good sized female for her breed. Even though we had never actually met or petted this gallant mascot, we felt we knew her well enough to pay our respects. The monument was very beautiful made out of a rectangular block of gray marble that had little black specks in it, perfect for this particular Dalmatian grave site. There is no doubt that Queenie was truly appreciated and loved. Her name is displayed in large black letters in the top center of the marble block and off to the side (on both sides) are the dates of her first and final alarm. This was indeed something worthy of viewing and a great way to honor Sulphur Fire Department’s late Dalmatian mascot. Queenie was a very special addition to the Fire Department and now, like the Fire Department veteran she is, will always be remembered and honored for her 10 years of service with the city of Sulphur’s Fire Department.
All are welcome to visit Sulphur and Queenie’s monument.
Alicia Rose, personal experience, Sulphur, Oklahoma 2006 through 2009
Alicia Rose, personal visit of Queenie’s, the Fire Department’s Dalmatian late mascot, monument, Fire Department, Broadway Avenue, Sulphur, Oklahoma, May 2010
“Remembering Queenie”, article in the Sulphur Times-Democrat newspaper, Thursday, April 22, 2010