Current weather

  • Clear sky
  • 75°
    Clear sky
  • Comment

Georgia arson-detection dog dies

Smokey served since 2003

Posted: April 16, 2013 - 4:12pm  |  Updated: April 16, 2013 - 4:24pm
Smokey, a Labrador retriever trained in arson detection, died Tueday, April 16, after serving Georgia for 10 years.  Special
Special
Smokey, a Labrador retriever trained in arson detection, died Tueday, April 16, after serving Georgia for 10 years.

Special


 


Smokey, the arson canine for the Georgia Department of Insurance and Fire Safety, died Tuesday morning after a brief illness.


“We’ll always remember Smokey as a valuable employee in the fight against arson, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said. “His death leaves a great sadness within the entire Department.”


Smokey, an arson detection Labrador retriever, began his training in September 2003 at the Maine State Training Center in Alfred, Maine. He came to work in Georgia in October 2003 as the fifth arson canine in the state to serve the law enforcement and fire service communities.


Between October 2003 and April 2013, Smokey and his handler, Investigator Ken Palmer, were involved in more than 700 fire investigations around the state. Smokey’s specialized training allowed him to determine if accelerants were used to start a fire. This ability led to the arrest of numerous arson suspects, which included arrests for murders that involved arson.


Born July 2001, Smokey worked his last assignment on March 30, which was a house fire in Catoosa County. That fire which was determined to be arson.

  • Comment

Follow News-Times:

News-Times Video »

CONTACT US

  • Main: 706-868-1222
  • Fax: 706-823-6062
  • Email: cnt@newstimesonline.com
  • 4272 Washington Rd, Suite 3B, Evans, Ga. 30809

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES