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Cody the fire dog dies at 13-years-old

Cody the Fire Safety Dalmatian. (Eugene-Springfield Fire)

EUGENE, Ore. - Cody the fire dog, the dappled Dalmatian who delighted children and comforted people in crisis, has died at 13-years-old.

The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department shared this remembrance.

Majestic Kennel's Fire Code Inspector (Cody) started his fire service career in Yakima, WA and made his way to Eugene, Ore. 10 years ago when his handler Amy Linder was hired as a Deputy Fire Marshal (or maybe we hired Cody and found something for Amy to do; the memory is a little fuzzy).

Cody quickly became a hit.

Teaching fire safety throughout Eugene and Springfield, Cody excelled in connecting with people of all ages, and went on to become certified as a therapy and crisis response dog.

He visited people and groups locally, and on occasion traveled to provide comfort to those impacted by tragedy, including the campus shooting at Northern Illinois University.

Never one to stray far from his fire service heritage, Cody became the first elected four-legged member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard.

Providing comfort and support to family members, co-workers and friends of fallen firefighters in his unique way, with soft fuzzy ears to listen or scratch, and a spotted sense to wiggle his way into your heart.

The lives he has touched are countless, and the legacy he leaves is immeasurable.

He made his way to the rainbow bridge on Thursday, August 24th at the age of thirteen. He has left wonderful paw prints to follow for Fire Dog Casey and future Fire Dogs to come.

He will be missed by many, though none more than now Assistant Fire Marshal Amy Linder and lil' brother Fire Dog Casey.

More info at www.facebook.com/firedogcody


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