FPS staff report
September 17, 2013
Have you seen this bear?
Fox Twp. Fire Department Chief Fred Barnett has filed a missing persons (bear) report with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for Smokey the Bear. Barnett told The FPS when he went to the Fireman’s Park Sept. 9, he noticed something peculiar about the sign. “Then I realized someone stole Smokey,” he said. “To date we have not received a ransom note.”
The department received the fire danger level sign, of which Smokey was a part of, in December 2006 from the Ohio Division of Forestry, a branch of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). At that time, Barnett noted one sign was awarded to a fire department in each county. Fox Twp. was chosen due to high visibility of the sign on SR 39.
Barnett contacted the ODNR about replacing Smokey but officials are not sure if they can get another one since the signs were created so long ago.
“Kids really enjoyed seeing Smokey out there. They would wave to him,” stated Barnett. “Whoever has Smokey, if you return him to the fire station, no questions will be asked.”
Smokey the Bear is tall, has brown hair and was last seen wearing a brown hat, blue jeans and holding a shovel.
If you see Smokey the Bear, call the Carroll County Sheriff’s office at 330-627-2141.