Fire dog memorial arrives at its forever home
The National Fire Dog Monument, a memorial to accelerant-detecting dogs, has arrived at its forever home, Fire Station No. 3 in Washington, D.C., following a 12 city cross-country tour that started in Denver. “From Ashes to Answers” is a sculpture of a firefighter looking down at his Labrador retriever, who is looking back up at his handler ready to work.
The life-sized, 450-pound statue was conceived by Jerry Means, an arson investigator from Colorado, and sculpted by 22-year-old Colorado firefighter Austin Weishel. The NFDM was created to build the Certified Accelerant Detection K-9’s a bronze monument to acknowledge them for their service to the communities where they serve.
The monument is inspired by Colorado’s first Arson dog Erin who recently lost the battle with cancer. So in honor of Erin, and all of the hard working Arson dogs, the Daily Dog Breed is the Labrador Retriever.
You can learn more about the work of Arson dogs and the monument at its official website:
National Fire Dog Monument