CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - Firefighters in Clearwater are mourning the loss of their former arson dog, Quincy.
Clearwater Fire Rescue said the 12-year-old dog served the city for six years before retiring in 2018. He first worked for Lealman's fire department for four years before moving to Clearwater.
Over the course of his career as an arson dog, Quincy responded to more than 300 calls in Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Polk, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties.
Quincy had been suffering from serious health issues and the difficult decision was made to put him to sleep.
"Retired after a decade of hard work, today he will rest in peace," dispatchers said in Quincy's final radio call.
It's a sad day for our agency as we mourn the loss of Quincy, our arson dog who served the city for six years before retiring last year. He received a final radio call and hugs from our personnel. He had been suffering from serious health issues lately. Quincy was 12 years old. pic.twitter.com/JYG0t0tJmp— Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department (@clearwaterfire) September 6, 2019
Former Fire Inspector Ron Neuberger was given a special urn by our personnel to keep Quincy's remains. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. We so enjoyed the pitter-patter of his paws around the fire station all of those years. pic.twitter.com/FHS7FMDq2P— Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department (@clearwaterfire) September 6, 2019