Parkersburg Fire Department Bomb Dog Dies

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Members of the Parkersburg Fire Department are mourning the passing of Jack, the department's bomb dog.

Jack was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and forced to retire from service.

Fire Chief Eric Taylor says funeral arrangements are pending. He suspects Jack will be given fire department honors, just as any other member of the department.'

Jack was five years old.

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  • by Jack's sister on Oct 29, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    I would like to thank everyone for their kind words for both Jack and my father, Mike. I would like to say that my Dad and Jack were the best of friends and after this loss of not only a pet but a family member our hearts are very heavy especially my dad's. My dad did everything he could to make sure Jack had the best care possible and the best home possible. My dad and Jack are both true heroes in my eyes and I am proud to have had Jack in our home as a brother to both me and my sister. He and my father were two peas in a pod and this loss is going to take a long time to recover from for him. I appreciate the support you have shown my dad and family through your comments. I would like to thank my dad and Jack for putting their lives on the line to keep Parkersburg and surrounding areas safe. I would also like to thank the city of Parkersburg for giving us Jack, Jack touched our lives in so many ways and I am grateful to have shared what little time we had with Jack. Rest in Peace, Boobookadoo, a true hero and a faithful family member. You will never be forgoten
  • by Sherri Location: Queen Creek AZ on Oct 28, 2011 at 09:06 PM
    Mike - I am sorry for your loss and I am glad that most of the comments posted are respectful and show how much Jack meant to the community. RIP Jack.
  • by Danielle Location: Vienna on Oct 28, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Dear Belmont and Amy, Thank you so much for being concerned about the funeral arrangements. I for one will be happy to contribute in any way to those arrangements. I know that Jack was a very valuable member of the department and of this community. Without him it will now be up to officers and firemen to search buildings when a bomb threat is received. Thank you Jack and Mike for putting your lives on the line in order to protect my children while they are in school, for making safety sweeps of the local stadiums before big events,for giving my husband and other officers a better chance at coming home safe, and for promoting the fire department in a positive light. I know Jack never thought twice about risking his life to protect ours so why should we think twice about helping to send him off in style?
  • by DCGibson Location: Parkersburg on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:19 PM
    One can not say enough for service K-9s and their handlers.Folks making light of Jacks passing should remember one thing : Jack and Mike were looking for EXPLOSIVES , not something for the faint of heart . Mike sorry about your , PFD and your famlies loss .
  • by @belmont on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    Yes funeral arrangements. Although this wonderful creature had 4 legs instead of 2 he was still a well respected member of the fire department. He deserves a heroe's burial. The school's bomb threats..who do you think was sent in first to sniff out that bomb? These wonderful service animals do not get the respect they so rightly deserve. RIP Jack your service is greatly appreciated. To Mike his daddy and handler and to the rest of Jacks family, coworkers and friends. I am very sorry for your loss. Teresa
  • by Dog Lover on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    I cried this morning when I heard this story on Daybreak. I am so proud of everyone for loving Jack and thinking about him to have a funeral. I myself have lost a pet recently, one that I have had for almost 11 years and it broke my heart. We had him cremated and he is now still with us. Shame on anyone who thinks it is wrong to give him the proper burial.
  • by Bryan Location: El Paso, Tx on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    R.I.P Jack, you served our country with pride to protect the people of Parkersburg, WV in the crisis that is going on around the world that we don't know where they will strike to bring harm to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
  • by Gmd Location: Vienna on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    Mike, brother im sorry to hear about jack. He was a great dog and a great addition to the Parkersburg Fire Department. Any tHing you need or I can do you let me know.
  • by Jason Location: Vienna on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    Hey "Belmont" and "Courtney" , why don't you two dead beats have some respect for Mike and his friends and family. This dog meant more to us than you worthless and heartless people. Perhaps you should educate yourselves before you make any stupid comments. I never knew this Hero but deserves the utmost respect, but you dead beats do not know anything about that you probably never made it through High School. Like they say if you would abuse an animal you would abuse a child or a person. Do us all a favor don't comment on things you know nothing about. Although you can't help it, it makes you feel better to put down this dog. GROW UP AND GET A JOB!
  • by David Location: Vienna on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    Wow, how dare some of you people for questioning the legitimacy of a pet/co-worker's place in a household. How would you like it, if in your obituary, people were asking if you were loved enough for a proper burial. How would you like being just thrown into a hole... Love you Jack, and sincere condolences to the family.
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