A K-9 officer with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has retired after 8 years on duty.
K-9 ‘Monty’ is a 10-year-old Golden Labrador that worked primarily in south Louisna alongside his handler Lt. Brian Mashon.
A statement from the Fire Marshal reads, “Monty has assisted in determining the origin and cause of numerous fires, including suspected arson fires where his alerts led to evidence that resulted in arrests. Some of his most notable cases include a suspicious fatal fire in St. Helena Parish, an intentionally set fire at an occupied apartment complex in Slidell where children had to be rescued and the 2019 St. Landry church fires where Monty’s skills led investigators to discover the gas can used in one of the fires, which helped identify the suspect, and eventually connected that suspect to all three fires.”
Before he joined the fire marshal, Monty began his career of service as a guide dog for the visually impaired with the Guiding Eyes Foundation in New York. Monty later got his certification as an accelerant detection k-9 through the ATF and joined the fire marshal in 2012.
In 2017 Monty was awarded the ATF’s Top Dog award, beating out 60 other k-9 candidates across the country.
“Monty has been an integral part of the success of this agency, not only in crime solving but in our public education efforts, both of which have saved lives,” said State Fire Marshal Chief H. “Butch” Browning, “We wish Monty a restful and playful retirement and we thank him for his service to this state and its citizens.”