VBFD Canine To Be Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

She is not even four years old yet and has already investigated 172-suspicious fire scenes across Hampton Roads and even as far away as the U.S. Virginia Islands.  Her name is Sadie and she is an Accelerant Detecting Canine for the Virginia Beach Fire Department.  In fact, she is the only Accelerant Detecting Canine in Hampton Roads and on Wednesday night, she will be receiving an award from the VBFD for her phenomenal ability to detect the presence of ignitable liquids at suspicious fire scenes. 

Sadie's "alerts" have made it possible for fire investigators to locate and collect evidence for lab testing to be used in the prosecution of arson investigations.  Incredibly, the lab tests have shown Sadie to be accurate in almost 90-percent of the cases she has investigated.  Her human partner, Investigator Alana Cooper says, "I couldn't be more proud of her." 

If you would like to meet Sadie and her partner, we encourage you to attend the Awards Ceremony tomorrow night at Landstown High School located at 2001 Concert Drive.  The ceremony starts at 7 p.m.  Sadie is the only "four-legged" award winner this year but we will also be naming the Virginia Beach Firefighter of the Year.  In addition to naming the Firefighter of the Year, we will also be awarding the Medal of Honor and  Life-Saving medals to some firefighters involved in a dramatic water rescue of three swimmers at Sandbridge in November of last year.  A private citizen will also be given a Life-Saving Award for pulling a victim from a burning car last March.

We sincerely hope you will be able to joins us on October 18 at 7 p.m.