A K-9 officer is retiring after almost a decade of service to the people of Louisiana.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 10-year-old Monty, a golden Labrador, officially retired from service Friday.
He joined the SFM in 2012.
Monty served all across the state, but primarily in south Louisiana, alongside his handler Lt. Brian Mashon.
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.
One notable case in southeast Louisiana was an intentionally set fire at an occupied apartment complex in Slidell where children had to be rescued.
In 2017, Monty beat out almost 60 other K-9s from across the country to receive the ATF’s Top Dog award.
Monty began his career of service as a guide dog for the visually impaired with the Guiding Eyes Foundation in New York.
The SFM says Monty is a friend to all other animals and enjoys cuddle time with his handler family, who he will stay with throughout his retirement.