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"Pluggie" the robotic fire hydrant will soon start his last year with the fire department's fire safety education program. Pluggie will be retired after this year. The department is hoping to replace him with "Freddie the Firetruck."

'Pluggie' to stop, drop and roll into retirement

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After about 30 years of teaching kids about fire safety, and making appearances in parades, “Pluggie” the robotic fire hydrant is retiring. Fire Safety Education officer Pauline Williams said Pluggie is starting to show his age. His cassette player and speakers don’t always work right. Williams said it would cost abut as much to repair Pluggie as it would to buy a new robotic teacing tool. So Pluggie will be retired after this year. 


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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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