'Bucky the Firefighting Deer' spreads cheer in Tuscaloosa

'Bucky the Firefighting Deer' spreads cheer in Tuscaloosa

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Bucky the Deer has a new helmet, real antlers and fire boots. Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC Bucky the Deer has a new helmet, real antlers and fire boots. Source: Terri Brewer/WBRC
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Bucky has his own Facebook page. Source: WBRC video Bucky has his own Facebook page. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The holiday season doesn't mean a break from work for everybody. But thanks to Bucky the Firefighting Deer, Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service has a little bit more fun working through Christmas.

Bucky got his start as a simple Christmas decoration about 20 years ago, but since then he's turned into a local legend.

"Of course, we had to have a fire deer, so we gave him a helmet and rubber boots, and he began getting a life of his own," Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Captain Tony Klostermann said.

That life now includes Bucky's own Twitter handle and Facebook page which document his travels to notable Tuscaloosa locations. His popularity has also resulted in a few workplace pranks.

"He makes the trip to different fire stations, sometimes willingly, sometimes unwillingly. Sometimes, he'll disappear," Klostermann said.

After 20 years of service, there's a reason Bucky still looks so youthful.

"He's got a new helmet, he's got real antlers now," Klostermann said. "There's still some of the original Bucky, but there's been a lot of parts and plastic surgery on Bucky."

And if it seems like Bucky is all play and no work, he really does have a job to do.

"Holidays, weekends, nights, it's all the same to us," Klostermann said. "When you look forward to decorating the Christmas tree with your kids, the firefighters look forward to Bucky coming out. They know when Bucky comes out, that it is Christmas."

In addition to spreading a little holiday cheer, firefighters also say Bucky is a great tool in sharing the message of fire safety.

You can follow the adventures of Bucky the Deer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bucky.deer and on Twitter @BuckyTheDeer.

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