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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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"He's been a great asset for the fire safety program," Williams said. "The kids have come to know who he is and they are entertained by him."

Pluggie is completing "his" last year with the Fire Safety Education program this week. Pluggie helps fire fighters teach first graders about fire safety. 

Pluggie will be at Rocky Branch on Monday, St. Bridget's on Tuesday, Heartland Montessori and the River Falls Public Montessori on Wednesday, Greenwood on Thursday and Westside on Friday.

Those interested in learning more can contact Williams at 715-821-0288.

For the full story, please see the Oct. 24 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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