Beloit Fire Department's K-9 Glory in the Running for National Award

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BELOIT (WIFR) -- Beloit Fire Department Investigator, Lt. Keith Lynn, is pleased to announce that his partner, Glory, a 1 ½ year old yellow lab, is among approximately 135 dogs from across the country nominated for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, which recognizes notable canines such as law enforcement dogs, therapy dogs and pets that do extraordinary things.

Arson is a crime that affects everybody. Dogs like Glory help combat the problem. Glory is a nationally certified accelerant detection K-9 through the State Farm Insurance Arson Dog Program. State Farm Insurance partnered with the Main State Criminal Justice Academy in 1993 to train dogs to sniff out minute traces of over 60 petroleum based accelerants to help combat the growing problem of intentionally set fires. There are 300 teams in the United States and Canada. Lt. Lynn and Glory are the only State Farm sponsored team in Wisconsin.

Glory’s keen sense of smell can narrow down a fire's origin and help Lynn determine which evidence should be sent to the crime lab. With the assistance of Glory, Lynn can confirm or rule out the possibility of arson in a matter of minutes. Without K-9 assistance, an investigation could take a week or longer for as investigators sift through the debris.

Glory is the department’s third arson K-9. Since starting with the department five short months ago, Glory has already investigated over twelve fires and given eight public relations demonstrations.

Between March 7, 2014 and June 6, 2014, voters over the age of 18 who reside in the U.S. may vote online at the AHA Hero Dog Awards website. Voters can place a vote for eight dogs every day, one in each category.

The three dogs in each category that receive the most votes are identified as semi-finalists and move on to the 2nd voting round.

Finalists selected from the second voting round receive $1,500 for their charity, and go on to compete for the title of Hero Dog. That receives an additional $5,000 for their charity. Glory’s winnings would benefit Project Paws Alive, a nonprofit that provides protective vests and other equipment for four-legged officers.

To vote for Glory:

You can also follow her on Face Book at Glory.Lynn.3

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