PHOTOS: Scenes From "Retirement Party" For Burien's Arson-Sniffing Dog
They say that “every dog has his day” â€“ if so, then Thursday (April 15) was definitely that “day” for Reicher, an accelerant-sniffing black labrador who was honored with a “retirement party” by the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department.
Reicher was specially trained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), to detect accelerants at fire scenes. He has worked numerous fire and arson scenes in his very successful career as an accelerant canine, and actually retired two years ago.
Most recently, Reicher was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had been serving as the official “station greeter” at Fire District #2 in Burien.
Thursday, he and his handler Bill Harm were honored by fire and law enforcement officials of the region, and Photographer Michael Brunk was on the scene to take these pics:
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