The State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced the passing of retired K-9 officer Daisy.
The Marshal’s Office says that Daisy, a 12-year-old black Labrador, died peacefully on Tuesday following the discovery of a cancerous tumor.
Daisy joined the State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2009 and served the Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Alexandria area alongside her handler Lt. Keith Reed. Her duties with the department included accelerant detection while at the scene of a fire.
The SFM says that Daisy was certified as an accelerant detection K-9 through the Maine State Police and Maine Specialty Dogs program.
Daisy and her handler were awarded K-9 Team of the Year in 2017, just days before her retirement.
“Even though Daisy had been away from day-to-day operations for more than a year, she was still considered an integral part of the SFM family and her loss still felt deeply,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “We will always be appreciative of K-9 Daisy for her service to the state of Louisiana.”
According to a release, Daisy enjoyed playing fetch with her ball and working for treats.