Fire Department K9 Laid to Rest Following Illness

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Fire Department K9 Laid to Rest Following Illness
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Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is saddened to announce the passing of our canine fire family member, Riley. Riley served as the department’s accelerant detection/arson canine for seven years. Riley was diagnosed with a non-work related brain tumor in April of 2020.

Riley joined the Santa Barbara County Fire Department in 2013. Riley was one of four accelerant detection canines in the State of California sponsored by the State Farm Insurance Arson Dog Program. After a rigorous initial training sponsored by State Farm, Riley graduated and was paired with veteran dog handler Captain Howard Orr. Over their seven-year career together, Captain Orr and Riley responded to over 60 calls for service throughout Santa Barbara County and its neighboring jurisdictions resulting in the detection of accelerants on over 40 fires. Riley’s hard work and dedication to the citizens of Santa Barbara County resulted in the incarceration of several arsonists. His most notable conviction was of an arsonist who set three fires in one night in Santa Maria, resulting in a conviction and sentence of 17 years.

Riley was a great ambassador to the community through his involvement with school presentations, community events and service club presentations. We would like to thank DVM Dave Dawson and DVM Ann O’Brien Welton at the San Roque Pet Hospital for their exceptional care of Riley over the years, as well as the generous donation of dog food for the duration of Riley’s life from Wendy Guyer at The Pet House in Goleta.

Fire Chief Mark Hartwig commented, “Riley is part of our family. We mourn the loss of Riley the same way we mourn the loss of any other member of the fire family.”
Riley’s skill, enthusiastic spirit and gregarious nature will be greatly missed.

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LoveMySB Jul 08, 2020 09:18 AM
Fire Department K9 Laid to Rest Following Illness

What a handsome face! RIP Riley. Thank you for your service and my sincerest condolences to the fire department for your loss. We have one of the best fire departments in the nation.

a-1594169692 Jul 07, 2020 05:54 PM
Fire Department K9 Laid to Rest Following Illness

It's so sad to see that handsome, sweet face and know he's gone. Our most heartfelt condolences to Captain Orr, Captain Orr's family and all those in Riley's law enforcement family. Riley should have had many more years to track and ride in the car and play tug and live his fulfilling, happy life. Rest in Peace you beloved soul.

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