BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - The State Fire Marshal’s Office is mourning the loss of K-9 officer Barry. They say Barry died due to complications after surgery to remove a large mass in his stomach on December 4.
Barry was a 10-year-old black Labrador who joined the force in November 2012 as an explosive ordinance detection (EOD) K-9. He was trained in searches for a variety of explosive materials for detection sweeps at major events, public facilities, and educational campuses.
K-9 Barry served the Lafayette and Alexandria areas, alongside his handler Cpl. Mitch Trahan. The pair was awarded K-9 Team of the Year honors in 2014.
“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.