Any loss in the Los Angeles Fire Department family weighs heavy on the hearts of all members. Late Tuesday night, May 26, 2015, FEMA Search and Rescue K9 “Boogie” lost her life in a house fire at the home of her handler and owner, LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Chapman.
Boogie was as lively as her full name implies, ‘Sundown’s Boot Scootin’ Boogie.’ Even as a young puppy, she was full of the intense drive necessary to succeed in her quest to become a FEMA certified search and rescue dog.
It takes tremendous dedication to train a search dog and it is all voluntary. The money and time invested into the K9 comes from the firefighter themselves.
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