Firefighter’s retired tracker dog dies

COLUMBUS – India, a retired accelerant detection dog with the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, died over the weekend. She worked at the Investigative Bureau from February 2011 until her retirement in January 2018.

“India has served our canine program faithfully for many years,” said Kevin S. Reardon, State Fire Marshal. “She was an extremely personable and capable Labrador and we will all miss her.”

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell posted a note about the dog’s death on his department’s Facebook page.

He wrote that India and her handler, John Weber, worked with the sheriff’s office on many scenes and played a crucial role in determining the cause and origin of fires and solving some arson attacks.

“India was an excellent official and will certainly be missed,” wrote Campbell.

India started out in a guide dog training center until she was dropped from the program because of her constant sniffing during training. She was quickly found by alcohol, tobacco and firearms accelerator coaches, and featured in the program with a strong urge to eat and a strong sense of purpose.

India began her career in 2011 with the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigations Bureau and worked at Weber in Tuscarawas County.

India was trained in meal rewards methodology and appears to have enjoyed her training and work at the fire sites. She was an asset to the safety of all Ohio citizens. She was 13 years old.

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