SLC Fire canine dies after more than 11 years of service

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 18:44:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Fire lost a member of its team Monday.

The department’s accelerant detection canine, Star, died after more than 11 years of service.

Star reported duty on Sept. 11, 2001, and served the department until her retirement in June 2012. She was 15 years and 7 months old when she died.

“During her career she responded on hundreds of fire scenes as well as countless demonstrations for the Departments and local schools,” according to a Facebook from Salt Lake City Fire. “She always dis this with what seemed to be a grin on her face and her tail wagging.”

She was the recipient of the department’s Distinguished Unit Citation and the department’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Jasen Asay, fire department spokesman, said Star outlived all the dogs in her class and worked the longest.

Her handler, the arson investigator, is now the handler of the department’s current accelerant detection canine, Daz.