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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid, Law Enforcement
Job Function
Fire / Arson Investigator
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Landover Hills, Maryland
Years With Department/Agency
Retired in 2006 after 7 years of active service
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My Training:
Accelerant Detection Canine School - completed a six week school and was certified by the Maine State Police in 1999 as an accelerant detection canine. This program was funded by State Farm Insurance.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Misty was rescued from the Bishop Animal Shelter ( http://www.bishop-spca.org/) in Bradenton, Florida and brought to Maine by Maine Specialty Dogs for use as an accelerant detection canine.

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Misty assists with serial arson investigation

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 9:01pm 1 Comment

Misty was instrumental in finding patterns that led to the fact that a serial arsonist was striking the Washington, DC area. Through her training, Misty was able to detect the presence of an ignitable liquid at many scenes which was one of many similarities at several fire scenes. As a result, a task force was created and a 22 month investigation brought to justice a serial arsonist that was responsible for over 300 fires. This collaborative effort was featured on a episode of Forensic Files…


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At 8:20am on July 2, 2008, Jeff Warden said…
Had a dog in Riverview Fla. Looks just like her. She was increadable. You could hold a rock, throw it to the bottom of a river, she would jump in swim to the bottom and come up and bring it to you. I live know in Fort White. Have a good day
At 2:55pm on April 17, 2008, Labadorer said…
Hi - Thank you for the add! When the Wilmington Kennel Club presented the Animal O2 Masks we also gave the Delaware Arson K9 - Kelly (a yellow labrador) a single mask that was donated by HELP Animals Inc just in case her nose would ever get into anything bad. She was also our "willing" patient when we made the presentation to cover the whole State of DE.
The firefighters loved it and the media printed great photos of her with her vest, badge and the mask. Kelly is also a graduate of the Maine State Police Fire School and was sponsored by State Farm - her handler is Deputy State Fire Marshall Brian Scott Bullock. He gave us a demonstration of how she makes a "hit" - he let me hold her leash to see how intent she was on the mark....I could not move her off her spot - absolutely amazing. I tease him because I swim and do Obedience with my labs, Kelly does not particularly like the water.
As an outgrowth of her photo with the mask we had inquiries form K9 Handlers in Law Enforcement on how to acquire a single mask - I donated one to the Newark,
DE Police K9 - Paco, before Christmas and I received donations to cover another 8 dogs - we have over 65 in all units throughout the state so we will keep plugging along. Since they attach easily to a breather bag the Officer I worked with thought it would be a great item to carry in his emergency kit for Paco - a breather bag and the mask.
It is a tool he can use to assist his K9 in the event of emergency until they can get to a VMD. We are all in this together!!!
At 6:33pm on March 8, 2008, Eric said…
Hope you have a wondggrrrrrful weekend!!
At 9:10am on February 12, 2008, Rodolfo Guija said…
Hi Misty, thanks for the add in the name of DUNCAN, Rescue Specialist, and my congratulations for your good job for the Fire Investigators like me. Stay safe.
At 2:46am on February 4, 2008, Kelly said…
have a great week.
At 12:14am on January 19, 2008, Kelly said…
Just stopping by to say Hi. Hope you have a great week..stay safe.
At 8:51pm on January 14, 2008, Cheryl said…
Okay. I am absolutely in love with your dog!! My choc lab passed in July and broke my heart. She was my soul mate. She had her CGC, CD, & pet therapy certs. She was the absolute eptome of perfection in my eyes. Hats off to you for search & rescue and your work with our four legged friends. Send pics ANY time. Just wish you lived closer so I could be her in person! Take care & good luck!
At 10:06pm on January 13, 2008, Kelly said…
Thanks for the add. Hope you have a great week!
At 9:27pm on January 13, 2008, John Schell said…
My lab's name is Marshland's Outlaw Josie Wales, He is 18 months old. He has several siblings who are currently search dogs, assist dogs, & law enforcement dogs. He is just your everyday Bird dog. Thank you for the add.
At 9:59pm on January 8, 2008, danny w furr said…
Hello there Misty.Hope that we can be friends here.Stay warm up there.Be safe out there.danny

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