Savannah was one of the first State Farm sponsored ADK-9s placed in service with the Division of State Fire Marshal. She retired from active service in April, 2005, following an outstanding career. On March 13, 2011, an event was held in Bay County honoring all current and past law enforcement working canines. Lt. Tommy Barron and his K-9 partner Amy attended this event in honor of his retired K-9 partner Savannah. During this ceremony Savannah was recognized for her eight years of service to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.
Xena and her handler, Lt. Eric Saccasyn, graduated and were certified as an Accelerant Detection K-9 Team by Maine Specialty Dogs on September 8, 2000. During her career with the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, Xena is credited with investigating 591 suspicious fires that resulted in 116 arson arrests. Xena will be best remembered for her ability to respond by barking when Lt. Saccasyn spoke French and her ability to demonstrate “Stop, Drop and Roll.” Xena retired on August 10, 2007, and lived with Eric and his family until she passed away in September 2011.
Buddy started his career in 1999 as an Accelerant Detection Canine. Captain Holt became the secondary handler in 2000 and in August 2002, Detective Gregory Gilkey became Buddy’s partner as the primary canine handler. On September 26, 2005, Buddy received a Special Recognition Award from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for his involvement in locating crucial evidence in a major case involving a barricaded subject. In May 2007, when Buddy retired, Lauderhill Fire Department gave Buddy a Life Achievement Award for the work he had accomplished with their agency. While Buddy was in service, he was involved in over 350 fire investigations and the arrest and conviction of over twenty defendants. Of those cases, Buddy’s involvement in over seven homicide cases resulted in the conviction of the defendants: these defendants were sentenced to life in prison. Buddy passed away April 25, 2010 at his home in Ft. Pierce.