Barry, a 10-year-old K-9 officer for the State Fire Marshal Office, died from surgical complications Tuesday.
The black Labrador recently had a surgery to remove a large mass in his stomach but unfortunately perished after succumbing to complications sustained during the procedure.
We’re told Barry joined the State Fire Marshal Office in November 2012 from the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served two tours of duty overseas.
“Just a few weeks ago, we highlighted the significance our K-9 teams have on the success of this agency’s mission to save lives. K-9 Barry was an integral member of our K-9 unit as one of only two EOD-specialized dogs,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning,
“But when an unexpected loss like this occurs, it also shows how much these K-9 officers become part of the SFM family, especially their handlers’ family.”
“We will all miss K-9 Barry and we thank him for his service to the nation and the great state of Louisiana,” said Browning.