TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW-TV) The Topeka Fire Dept. (TFD) will say goodbye to a beloved fellow firefighter on Saturday. With "a heavy heart," the department announced Boomer, one of its Investigations Unit Accelerant Detection Canine passed away.
A memorial is set for Boomer on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Topeka Fire Dept.'s administrative office, 324 Jefferson St. No formal presentation is planned, but TFD personnel will be on hand to greet well-wishers.
"Boomer served Topeka and the surrounding communities with honor and distinction and will never be forgotten," said Topeka Firefighters
The 10 year-old Labrador joined the fire dept. in 2005 as part of partnership between the city and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Since he joined, he's responded to nearly 1,000 incidents, including nearly 300 fire scenes. logging over 80,000 miles on the way.
TFD officials credited Boomer as pivotal to their investigations of over 20 deadly fires in the area and around 60 fires in which people were injured.
He played an active role in the arrest or conviction of over 40 suspects for crimes ranging from arson to murder and homicide. He also helped find over 250 evidence samples, scoring a 90% success rate after the evidence had been collected and tested.