The F.A.S.T. Co. donates sets of memorial cards to all partners
I need your help to inform me of such losses.
In Loving Memory of
1994 - 2001
In Loving Memory of
September 1986-March 25, 2001
Handler: Detective Rick Sweeney
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department
11021 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45231
ph: 513 825/1500 513 595 7478
THE CREATION OF
MAN’S BEST FRIEND
God summoned a beast from the field, and he said,
“Behold man is created in My image. Therefore, adore him. You shall protect him in the wilderness, shepherd his flocks, watch over his children, accompany him wherever he may go – even into civilization. You shall be his companion, his ally, and his slave. To do these things, I endow you with the instincts uncommon to other beasts: Faithfulness, Devotion and Understanding, surpassing those of man himself. Lest it impair your courage, you shall never foresee your death. Lest it impair your loyalty, you shall be blind to the faults of man. Lest it impair your understanding, you are denied the power of words. Speak to your master only through your mind and your honest eyes. Walk by his side; sleep in his doorway; ward off his enemies; carry his burden; share his affliction; love and comfort him. And in return for this, man will fulfill your needs and wants – which shall be only food, shelter and affection.
So be a friend of man. Guide him through the perils along the way to this land I have promised him. This shall be your destiny and your immortality.”
The dog heard and was content.
In Loving Memory of
April 25, 2001
Handler: Dan Davis
Salt Lake City, UT SAR
1632 Roosevelt Ave.
Salt Lake County SAR
Office Search & Rescue Team
On April 22nd, 2001, a very special dog named "Hoover" went to sleep for the last time.
Over sixteen years old, Hoover had an extraordinary life and a very special human partner that made sure his last days were comfortable and full of love. Hoover was adopted as a young pup at the Humane Society of Utah by Dan Davis. Hoover was very quick to learn and Dan knew he had chosen a very special dog. They began training for search and rescue and soon Dan and Hoover were certified as a team by Salt Lake County Search and Rescue. The team also worked for Dear Valley Resort as Avalanche Rescue support. Hoover’s keen sense of smell and his intense love of humans led him to find eleven lost people. As if saving human lives wasn’t enough, Hoover’s gentle nature, rugged good looks, and intense desire to please made him a natural for the film industry and had a very successful career in film. Hoover is best known for his role in the popular "Don’t Waste Utah" campaign in the early 90's and for his starring role as "Fuzz" in the movie "Little Heroes". Hoover has appeared in many other films and has made special appearances with two of Utah’s Governors, several famous actors, and has even co-hosted a KJZZ Movie Festival. Hoover will be missed by many and remembered by anyone that was fortunate enough to meet him and see his big brown eyes and constantly wagging tail. Dan Davis asks that donations to the Humane Society of Utah be sent in memory of Hoover.
Hoover was involved in finding 11 people.
Search & Rescuers are volunteer workers. They are not compensated for expenses. We should all appreciate them and let them know. ! Thank you, Christy for YOUR press release and photos. Dan I could hear the pain in your voice over the phone. We are so sorry for your loss. Dan is having a difficult time with his loss. This is normal and it truly hurts. Glad the cards arrived. Take care, time seems to be the only thing that helps.
Aug. 3, 1986 - Sept. 27, 2001
New York State
Office of Fire Prevention & Control
Investigator: Richard P Rogozinski
Bethlehem, Albany County, NY
THE 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.