Chief Philip Clover - Enid, OK, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
N 36° 23.649 W 097° 52.762
14S E 600496 N 4028250
Quick Description: A beautiful sculpture of Chief Philip Clover (dressed as Sparky the Fire Dog) is located in a courtyard of Stride Bank Center.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2022 5:34:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM15GEK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
A Sparky statue in the plaza of the Convention Hall honors Chief Philip Clover, who dressed as Sparky many times for community outreach. It depicts the Chief, dressed as Sparky, and a little girl who was modeled after Philip's granddaughter.

The bronze sculpture is lifesize, as is the little girl he holds hands with. They are atop a circular foundation that has bricks around the 18" tall perimeter. At the base of the bronze statue are the firefighter symbol at the center, and around the clover shape are the words EMS, Fire, Hazmat, and Rescue.

A news article about the statue and Chief Clover: (visit link)

From the Visit Enid website:

Sparky the Fire Dog depicts the National Fire Protection Association official mascot and is dedicated to the memory of Chief Philip Clover. The statue features a clover on the back of Sparky’s leg and adorns a chief's badge to symbolize Chief Phillip Clover. The girl featured in the statue is modeled after one of Clover's granddaughters. The statue was purposely pointed towards the original site of Station 1. Chief Clover's children were in attendance during the dedication ceremony on March 14, 2014. Clover's daughter expressed her gratitude for the firefighters in attendance and thanked all the donors that made the statue possible.


Text on plaque:

Dedicated to the memory of
Chief Philip Clover
Enid Fire Department
1977-2011
Fire Chief
February 1996-October 2011
(Fire Dept. logo)
"Sparky the Fire Dog"
Sparky was created for the National Fire Protection Association in 1951 and has been the organization's official mascot ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon that is beloved by children and adults alike.

Sparky Statue Memorial Donors:
(see photo gallery)
Memorial Website: [Web Link]

Physical address:
301 S. Independence
Stride Bank Center Plaza
Enid, OK USA
73701


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