La. State Fire Marshal’s Office mourns loss of veteran K-9

La. State Fire Marshal’s Office mourns loss of veteran K-9
Barry, a 10-year-old black Labrador who joined the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's office in November 2012, died following from the surgery Tuesday morning, December 4. (Source: Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office)

(KSLA) - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is saddened by the death of one of its K-9′s named Barry.

Barry, a 10-year-old black Labrador, died Tuesday following surgery to remove a large mass in his stomach, according to Ashley Rodrigue with the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office.

K-9 Barry served the Lafayette and Alexandria areas, with his handler Cpl. Mitch Trahan. Barry’s duties included detection sweeps at major events, public facilities and educational campuses. The pair was awarded K-9 Team of the Year honors in 2014.

“K-9 Barry was an integral member of our K-9 unit as one of only two EOD-specialized dogs,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “But when an unexpected loss like this occurs, it also shows how much these K-9 officers become part of the SFM family, especially their handlers’ family.”

Barry joined the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s office from the U.S. Marine Corps where he served two tours of duty overseas

“We will all miss K-9 Barry and we thank him for his service to the nation and the great state of Louisiana,” said Browning.

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