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'Hug your puppies, everybody:' Dutton's fire dog passes away

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 03:54:06-05

Ember, a beloved member of the Dutton Fire Department, passed away Wedneday evening after a brave illness.

Officials say Ember made appeared in presentations and assisted in fire prevention efforts. She was also the mascot of the fire department.

The department released a full statement on Facebook. Below is a portion in remembrance of Ember:

"Mankind has a storied history. Not everything we’re responsible for is worth bragging about. Some of it is downright shameful. But one thing we certainly got right was the domestication and companionship of dogs.

In a bygone era, they ran in front of horse drawn fire engines alerting people to clear the way. They find lost Alzheimer’s patients, recover dangerous drugs and weapons, keep geese and other fowl off airport runways, and in some cases they even chase terrorists down dark tunnels to their demise. We often question whether we even deserve their unconditional love and unwavering loyalty.

Yes, my friends, we certainly got that one right. Unfortunately a condition or consequence of this arrangement is that we are forced, many times throughout our lives, to outlive our best friends and make that heart wrenching decision in their darkest hour when they absolutely need us and our unconditional love and unwavering loyalty the most."

Ember was a member of Firefighter Van Putten's family.

See the department's full statement below.