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Long serving fire dog to retire

Darge, the black Labrador Retriever Darge, the black Labrador Retriever
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the longest serving detector dogs is hanging up his collar.

Darge is one of the longest serving accelerant detector dogs in the history of the State Fire Marshall's Office, performing his unique services in nearly every parish of the state.

A black Labrador Retriever, Darge has been instrumental in the arrests of dozens of arsonists since his arrival at the State Fire Marshall's Office in 2004, including those attempting to commit insurance fraud.

Accelerant Detection K9s are used on the scenes of fires to help investigators determine if an accelerant such as gasoline was used to start or continue a fire. These dogs reduce the amount of time and effort to locate these substances, resulting in savings to Louisiana taxpayers.

During his retirement, Darge will remain in the care of his handler, District Chief Lance LaMarca for the rest of his life.

For more information about the Arson Dog Program, visit the program's website at www.arsondog.org

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