Jacksonville has another claim to fame. This time it is of the canine variety. Smokey, a mascot of the Jacksonville Fire Department, will make his network television premiere later this season on “Chicago Fire.”
The black lab has been a frequent show-and-tell guest for Jacksonville school children as they learn fire safety. More than 100 firehouse dogs around the nation were entered into the contest.
Public voting on NBC’s today show provided Smokey with 51-percent of the vote and will join the cast for a cameo.