Friday, October 16, 2020

"Safe Shift"

Painted by Sal Sawaki, Sketch 71/Rickey A Bush & James.  Sponsored by Wagon Burner Arts at 2801 E. Grant Rd. and viewed from N. Treat Ave.

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Photographed on Aug. 6, 2020.

Update from Jerry Peek (February 4, 2024): Today I was going through some photos I'd taken for this blog to see if I'd missed any murals. I found photos of the day Sketch (Rickey Bush) took me to see this mural, May 29, 2023. The mural is on the west side of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation's shop called Safe Shift Estate Resale, which helps to support GTFF's endowment. Among other things on the front door were “Taking care of those who take care of us”. The website has two sentences I'll repeat here: “In 2019, the number of firefighters who took their own life was greater than the number killed fighting fires. We’re here to provide our firefighters and their families with the physical and mental health support they need.” The GTFF's endowment is explained at

Two closeups I took of the mural:
The woman in the second closeup is Patty Vallance. A quick web search showed that she volunteered for a number of causes. Among other things, she helped to create the Fire Foundation. She died suddenly at age 62 on June 3, 2020 — two months before David Aber took the first three photos here. The Arizona Daily Star article Patty Vallance, businesswoman, author, was key supporter of Tucson Fire Foundation tells more.

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