State Fire Marshal Mourns Dog Dodger’s Death

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Fire Marshal is mourning the loss of one of his four legs, a retired explosives detection dog named Dodger. The dog died Wednesday at the age of 13.

Dodger was born in Ohio and rescued from the greater Cincinnati area before beginning his career with the State Fire Marshal in 2010 as the department’s first explosive detection dog.

The state fire marshal trained Dodger to detect many types of explosives, firearms, and post-explosion debris, which qualified the pup to support missions with Homeland Security and others. Ohio law enforcement agencies.

During his career, Dodger worked on bomb threats, protection details, sweeps before major events, and evidence searches.

Prior to his death, Dodger paid a final visit to the state fire marshal’s Reynoldsburg campus where the crew gave him their final “thanks” and “good boys.”

Dodger is hailed as the backbone of the department having worked on 1,438 missions while being part of 287 demonstrations and 387 discoveries.

“Dodger has been the backbone of our canine program for years,” said Kevin S. Reardon, State Fire Marshal. “It’s a huge loss and Dodger will certainly be missed, but he will forever live in our hearts.”

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