The Office of the State Fire Marshal arson dog is in the running for a national award.
Tana, a 4 ½ year old Labrador with the State Fire Marshal, is among 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. Tana is nominated in the arson dog category.
Initially raised by in military family in California as an assistance dog, Tana began a different service career in September 2010 as an accelerant detection canine. She now works cases throughout Kansas with handler Rose Rozmiarek, Chief of Investigations.
“Her keen sense of smell can narrow down where accelerants may be at the scene in a matter of minutes that could otherwise take days for investigators to sift through with heavy equipment,” said Rozmiarek. “She has been instrumental in finding evidence resulting in multiple convictions.”
Tana’s most notable case is the recent conviction of a 26-year-old man for aggravated arson, murder and child endangerment. While holding his child in his arms, the man set his house on fire, resulting in the death of his wife and severe burns to his child. The child endured months of treatment for 2nd and 3rd degree burns, far away from his family and without his mother. Tana found evidence that led to the aggravated arson and homicide convictions.
Besides investigating fires, Tana conducts demonstrations and promotes fire safety. She works with children during Fire Prevention Week and is a regular at Kansas State Fair Emergency Preparedness Day events. At home, Tana enjoys playing fetch and spending time with her other animal family members.
Daily online voting by the public will continue through June 6 and will narrow down nominees to 24 semi-finalists. Eight finalists will be selected by judges and the public. Finalists receive $1,500 for charity, and the dog of the year receives an additional $5,000 for a charitable organization.
View Tana’s profile and vote for her at http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89591366