In Iquique, Chile, there is a group of dedicated firefighters who risk their lives to keep the community safe. This close knit group works together in all sorts of hazards, so when one of their own passes away they give them the sendoff they deserve. Losing the beloved dog that was part of their company is no exception. The dog, named Negro, worked with responders from the Iquique Fire Department for over ten years as the station dog. It was Negro’s job to oversee things around the station as firefighters went out on calls and he was always ready to greet them when they returned safely back to the station.
More than anything, Negro was simply there to comfort and relieve stress for the firefighters, who face tragedy each day in their jobs. He was a beloved member of the team and made a difference in their lives. Sadly all that came to an end when Negro, who was fourteen years old and in poor health, passed away. The fire department had this to say on their Facebook page:
“This afternoon, one of our ranks left the earth –our four-legged firefighter. Thank you very much for all the years you’ve been with us. We’ll remember you forever.”
Just those words were not enough for the firefighters, who felt they needed to more to memorialize Negro and his life. So, they decided to name him an honorary firefighter and give him a proper goodbye. The department held an honor guard funeral for Negro. The group not only held the ceremony in the station, but they also carried the casket out to his final resting place with the entire fire department looking on. Negro was laid to rest in a small plot near the fire department alongside a tree planted in the dog’s memory. It was a fitting goodbye for such a loving, dedicated member of their team.