Vandals damage RCFD dog statue

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A beloved community dog statue has been found vandalized at Rapid City Fire Station 1, but finding the party responsible may require the community’s help.

It happened Saturday night when “Downtown Dog”, a  member of the Fire Station 1 crew, was vandalized by an unknown culprit.

“We had someone knock on our door this morning, and they just thought they’d let us know.” said RCFD firefighter James Nixon, “No idea who did it. We don’t have cameras or anything so no leads yet.”

The statue was donated by RCFD retiree Paul Johnson, who served twenty years as a member of the team, and his dog has become family in those years.

“It’s part of the fire department you know? We used to have the dogs, way back when. That’s people associated us with is the dogs.” continued Nixon.

Plans are to fix him back up – paint and all.

“When he fell down his head broke, so we’re trying to fix that now. If this repair doesn’t work we’ll move on to something else. Maybe reinforce it with rebarr.”

With the communities help, hopes are to catch the party responsible for damaging this firehouse icon.

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