The Orlando Fire Department’s first arson dog has died. Maxine, known fondly as Max, passed away after a battle with cancer last Friday.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will honor Max’s passing at a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, January 25, at the Orlando Firehouse 1, located at 78 West Central Boulevard. All residents are invited to attend.
Max served with the Orlando Fire Department for more than 11 years, retiring last year at nearly 13 years of age. Max was considered one of the best arson dogs in the country, having worked more than 400 fires with a success rate of 97% for locating evidence of accelerants. She also worked for OFD by fulfilling countless public service requests and participating in demonstrations and educational presentations for citizens throughout Central Florida.
After the tribute ceremony, Max will be laid to rest with her Police K-9 counterparts at the Primrose Center.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando Fire Chief John Miller
Orlando Fire Department Firefighters
Wednesday, January 25
Orlando Firehouse 1
78 West Central Boulevard