Sparky the Fire Dog is pictured visiting with children at the Red Bud Fire Department’s open house event held on Oct. 10. The firemen appreciated all that came out to the event. They also want to recognize those that helped out at the event: Anna Beshoar for doing face painting; The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department for their drug prevention program; the Red Bud Masonic Lodge for their IL CHIP program; and Steibel’s for the car donated for the extrication demonstration. The firemen are reminding residents to remember to change smoke detector batteries. If anyone needs a smoke detector, please let a fireman know.