After losing one of their beloved members, hearts are heavy amongst the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) crew.
Cooper, a VFRS service dog who was involved in numerous high-profile humanitarian efforts, died at 13 years of age after a brief illness.
Fire Chief John McKearney said in a release Cooper “represented VFRS and CAN TF-1 admirably” and notes his loss is significant.
Cooper’s time as a rescue dog saw him deployed to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and assist the RCMP Major Crimes Unit with the Robert Pickton investigation.
He also was involved in the following efforts:
- North Vancouver following the Seymour mud slide in 2005
- The Missing Women’s Task force
- Searches associated with the Highway of Tears
- The BC Coroner’s Service on numerous occasions
- Attended at a wide variety of community events, fundraisers, and youth functions
GALLERY: Cooper, a rescue dog with VFRS.