Firefighters have paid tribute to their well-loved four-legged friend who has passed away.
For over a decade, Negro the beloved ‘station dog’ lived beside the first responders from the Iquique Fire Department.
He would keep watch over the firefighters things while they were dispatched on calls and would wait for them with a wagging tail for when they are back.
It is without a doubt that his happy presence helped ease what is already a difficult and stressful job.
Unfortunately, at the age of 14, after a period of bad health, Negro passed away.
“This afternoon, one from our ranks left the earth — our four-legged firefighter,” the fire department wrote online. “Thank you very much for all the years you’ve been with us. We’ll remember you forever.”
Negro’s colleagues paid a beautiful tribute to him by presenting him with the rank of a “honorary firefighter” and performing him a beautiful ceremony.
The whole fire department held an honor guard funeral to bid farewell to a great friend.
“Negro was one of us, one of this family. He was respected, loved,” Fire Captain Jorge Tapia told Soyiquique.cl. “We said goodbye in a very emotional ceremony because we were saying goodbye to one of our own, who was an important part of this company.”
Negro was lay to rest not far from where he’d served and been so loved, and there was also a tree planted nearby.
Negro’s legacy will carry in the hearts of all the people who knew him personally, and what a fitting tribute this was to an incredible pup.
“In memory of our Negro. Faithful pet, friend and protector.”
All credits go to: CUERPO DE BOMBEROS DE IQUIQUE