Memorials to Fallen K-9s
but never forgotten
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Loving Memory of
24, 1988 - March 24, 2001
Loved & handled
Rancho Cucomonga Fire
was originally a loyal guide dog who flawlessly guided Mr. Brown for two
years throughout Chaffey College and the city. After they were involved
in an accident crossing the street, Newby was generously given up for adoption
by Mr. Brown to Fire Investigator De Antonio; he refused to cross streets
was sponsored by Soroptimist International Baldy View as a community service
project. He was specifically obtained for Mr. Brown. The Soroptimists continued
to sponsor Newby through payment of some of his training costs and support
of his trading cards. Newby was known internationally through 12,000 'K9
Newby' trading cards distributed throughout the U.S., Siberia, Japan, China,
Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, England, Israel, Germany and Norway. Newby was
made an official 'Arson K9' Dec. 7, 1994 and had a distinguished
career, investigating 100 fires worth millions of dollars. He was privileged
to be honored twice by WeTIP as investigator of the year. He performed
the first-ever Fire K9 demonstration in an RC courtroom. The jury convicted
the arsonist and sent him to prison for four years. Newby served the community
in other ways. Off duty, he visited hospice patients. He often comforted
children and grandchildren of hospice families. There were many times his
beautiful, soft white coat caught the tears of grieving loved ones, unable
to express in words their pain and loss. Newby also called on the pediatric
unit at Kaiser hospital to visit Rookie Joshua Wilson. Hospital staff still
the time they found Newby napping in bed with the happy patient.
was promoted to 'Training Officer' in 1998, when he selected K9 Gator to
be the second 'Arson K9' at RCFD. Newby did all the training of Gator and
K9 'Spanner,' of LA County fire department. Newby retired Oct. 9,
1999. He greeted visitors and joined tours at the fire station. He was
Rancho Cucamonga Fire District's fulltime Ambassador of Goodwill. He will
Loving Memory of
4, 1991 - April 18, 2000
Team in Erie, PA
Reichert had the honor of serving with his partner Jed as the K-9 Fire.
Investigation Team in Erie, Pennsylvania beginning in 1992. Jed was diagnosed
on March 6, 2000 with hemolytic anemia and he passed away at home with
his family on April 18, 2000. Jedís distinguished career included working
with federal, state, local and private fire investigators to help determine
the cause of hundreds of fires throughout the Erie area. Jed was a regular
guest of many groups in the Erie community where he enjoyed demonstrating
his talent and the love he held for his work. Jed was recognized throughout
the country as one of the most accomplished dogs in accelerant detection.
The achievements of his career would be too numerous to list. Jed was not
only a pioneer, but also a true leader in a field that his experiences
helped to define. In addition to his formal work, Jed was a noble companion
and friend to all of those who knew him. Jedís dedicated service and unconditional
love will be remembered forever.
In Loving Memory
3, 1986 - Sept. 27, 2001
New York State
Office of Fire Prevention
PASSING OF K-9 HERSHEY
It is with deep regret that the New York state Office of Fire Prevention
and Control (OFPC) reports the passing of K-9 Hershey, one of the
original two K-9 accelerant detection bio-sensor units utilized by OFPC's
Arson Bureau. The OFPC's Arson bureau implemented a K-9 accelerant detection
unit in 1988 as part of its program for providing fire investigation assistance
to local fire departments, law enforcement and arson task forces. At that
time, K-9 Hershey, a chocolate Labrador retriever and K-9 Buddy, a yellow
Labrador retriever, (deceased Oct. 98) along with their human partners,
Investigator Richard P Rogozinski and Michael E Knowlton (respectively)
attended and completed an intense 10-week training school conducted by
the Atlantic City, New Jersey Police Department. The K-9 teams were trained
to detect minute traces as well as large quantities of ignitible
liquid residue (gasoline, kerosine, etc.) used by arsonist to imitate and/or
intensify a fire. K-9 Hershey worked for the state Arson Bureau for 10
1/4 years retiring from active service in October 1998. During K-9
Hershey's career, he assisted in 302 statewide cases and assisted
with cases in Vermont and Massachusetts. Two hundred and twenty-six
(226) of those cases were arson jobs, which claimed 164 lives and resulted
in more than 125 million dollars in direct fire losses. One of those set
fires, the Happy land social Club fire (March 1990), resulted in New York's
largest arson homicides. A total of 87 people lost their lives. The perpetrator,
Julio Gonzales, had argued with his former girlfriend and vowed revenge
after being evicted from the bar. Less than one gallon of gasoline and
revenge is all it took to destroy 87 lives and cause injury to 38 firefighters.
K-9 Hershey and Investigator Rogozinski were flown from Albany to New York
City in a NYS Police helicopter to assist in the investigation. Within
three hours of the request, Hershey was searching the building for ignitable
vapor residues. K-9 Hershey detected accelerant residues in the hallway
of the building's only usable exit. K-9 Hershey confirmed the NYC Fire
Marshals' area of origin and suspicions on the use of an accelerant.
The arsonist received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life imprisonment.
He was convicted on 174 counts of murder 2nd, two for each death;
he was also sentenced to 25 to life for an arson 1st conviction and five
to 15 years on an assault charge.
Hershey and Investigator Rogozinski received several citations from the
United States Police Canine Association including the Detector Dog Case
of the Quarter in 1990. This national award is bestowed to K-9 teams
in recognition of outstanding performance in the detection and prevention
of crime. In this case, K-9 Hershey detected accelerant residues at a triple
fatal fire in Felts Mill, Jefferson County, NY. Terry Carr, a 40 year male,
brutally murdered his two stepchildren and his wife in their bedrooms,
then poured a flammable mixture on them and throughout the rest of the
house. He then ignited the accelerant. Hershey searched the crime scene
and gave seven positive indications for the presence of an accelerant.
With Hershey's assistance, Carr was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's
Office, indicted and convicted of arson and murder charges and now
is serving a 45 year to life sentence. K-9 Hershey/Investigator Rogozinski
was the first accelerant detection team to obtain an arson conviction in
New York State. Hershey/Rogozinski amassed a perfect conviction record
in New York State criminal court, never losing a case. All of the cases
involved the use of accelerants and positive indications from K-9 Hershey,
but in only two (2) cases were positive forensic laboratory results obtained.
Three (3) of their cases were appealed by defense attorneys on the use
of dogs to detect accelerants. However, in each case the decision
by the lower courts was subsequently upheld by New York State Appellate
Court. These appellate decisions, along with the rest of their testimony
have been used as case law by other K-9 accelerant detection
in New York, as well as teams in the rest of the country, to facilitate
them in qualifying in court as expert witnesses in the field of accelerant
detection. K-9 Hershey/ Inv. Rogozinski also testified in numerous
civil litigations in both New York State Supreme Court and in federal court.
K-9 Hershey was born in Hamilton Township, Ocean Count, New Jersey, on
Aug. 3, 1986. He lived there for a year and a half before being donated
to the Atlantic City Police Department. After being teamed with Inv. Rogozinski
on the Friday before Mother's Day in 1988, Hershey has lived
with Rick and his wife, Laura, and Nick, their 30-pound house cat, in the
Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, NY.
K-9 Hershey passed away on Sept. 27, 2001.
Through private donations, a memorial stone honoring all of OFPC's K-9s
has been erected at the NYS Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls,
Schuyler County. Tax-deductible memorial contributions in honor of
Hershey to this K-9 memorial may be forwarded to the NYS Faculty
Student Association, 600 College Avenue, Montour Falls, NY, 14865-9634.
Please make your check or money order out to The NYS Faculty Student Association
with a memo note, K-9 Memorial Fund. The money will be used for individual
K-9 name stones as well as for perpetual care of the memorial.
Hershey, my brown barking friend,
When my mortal life comes to an end
We will be partners once again,
This time forever.
In Loving Memory
7, 1991 - Dec. 19, 2001
Detection K-9 WI
Wednesday, December 19, 2001, my Fire Investigation companion, Blaze passed
away. This was just 11 days after her retirement. In her distinguished
career, Blaze assisted in the investigations of 170 fires in the state
was a pioneer as an Accelerant Detection K-9 in Wisconsin. We were the
first privately owned company in the State of Wisconsin to offer the services
of an Accelerant Detection Dog.
was certified in 1995 and retired Dec. 8, 2001.
was an exceptional dog. She was a great pet and a great companion.
will be truly missed and remembered for years to come.
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