- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

STOW, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police say it’s time to pay a formal tribute to some of their four-legged partners.

A K-9 memorial is planned at the state Department of Fire Services in Stow to honor the dogs that are trained to help investigators solve arson cases and sniff for explosives at public events.

The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/2as2Qx6 ) reports the State Police Association of Massachusetts is donating stone for the memorial and hopes to raise another $11,000 through donations.

About 40 dogs have worked for the state police since the late 1980s when they were first used to sniff for accelerants during an epidemic of arson fires in Springfield and Holyoke.

Sgt. Paul Horgan, a hazardous device technician who partners with the dogs, says they’re “selfless in the way they perform their duties.”


Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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