Sculpture to be unveiled at Aspen Fire Department on Saturday

Staff report

The Aspen Fire Department, The Hero In You Foundation, first responders and community members will gather at the department for the public unveiling and dedication of “R. Hero” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“R. Hero” is a 6-foot tall, red dalmatian puppy sculpture that honors first responders and inspires youth to become heroes. Throughout the event, guests will be given the opportunity to participate in hands-on fire safety demonstrations, ride fire trucks and tour the fire station.

The sculpture is being donated by The Hero In You Foundation, founded by Bunni and Rick Benaron to pay tribute to first responders and serve as a visual reminder of the sacrifices that firefighters, police officers, paramedics, doctors, nurses and military personnel make daily.

The Aspen Fire Department will be home to one of 26 unique “R. Hero” sculptures across the nation, with additional international installations in El Salvador and Israel.

All attendees will receive an R. Hero coloring book and additional resources at the event.

The event is part of Fire Prevention Week.The Aspen Fire Department is located at 420 E. Hopkins Ave.