The Fire and Police Murals
26 S. Brooksville Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601
Building Name: The City Center
Notes: Faces Brooksville Avenue
Mural Creation Sponsors
Pam and Dennis Wilfong
Photo Credit: Photographs on this page are the property of Emilio "Sonny" Vergara and can be used by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. Any other use of the photographs must have his permission (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FIRE MURAL AND POLICE MURALS
This pair of murals was dedicated to the firemen and policemen who protect this community. The murals were painted on original bays (now covered over) of the garage of the old fire station. The murals were designed to make the fire truck and the police car appear to come out from the flat surface one which they were painted. The building itself is circa 1890s and is typical of the frontier buildings that lined the streets of early Brooksville. Its façade has not changed.
The original mural included the Dalmatian “Pumper,” a beloved mascot. Sadly, he had to be covered up when a wall repair was made. The Hernando Historical Museum owns a 1924 La France fire truck which was once housed in this building and the artist spent many hours taking pictures to make sure the authenticity was perfect for the mural. The 1924 La France truck is now stored in the 1885 Train Depot Museum on the corner of Russell St. and Brooksville Ave.
THE POLICE MURAL
This mural was painted at the same time and by the same artist. In this mural, the sponsors are featured. Dennis Wilfong is the riding police officer, while his wife, co-sponsor Pam Wilfong, is driving.