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Rockland Mourns Loss Of Beloved K9 Scooter

K9 Scooter shown with his handler Deputy Brad Lerner recently passed away. He served as part of the arson unit.
K9 Scooter shown with his handler Deputy Brad Lerner recently passed away. He served as part of the arson unit. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
The Rockland County Sherrif's Office is mourning the loss of K9 Scooter who was part of the department's arson unit.
The Rockland County Sherrif's Office is mourning the loss of K9 Scooter who was part of the department's arson unit. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
K9 Scooter of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office recently passed away.
K9 Scooter of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office recently passed away. Photo Credit: Rockland County Sheriff's Office

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Rockland County Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one of their own -- K9 Scooter -- who served with the department's Arson Unit, said Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco III.

Scooter passed away after relatively brief illness. Scooter worked her last shift with her partner Arson Detective Douglas Lerner just a few days ago. She was being treated for an intestinal disorder but began to develop internal bleeding and the treatments were no longer effective, said Chief William Barbera.

"It was a pleasure having Scooter as part of our family and she will be missed around the building," said Falco. "Scooter was a true professional. She was happy to do her duty and worked diligently to help firefighters and detectives determine the cause and origin of fires."

Scooter joined the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2006, with help from State Farm Insurance grant. Her main job was to sniff out accelerants at fire scenes. Scooter has responded to hundreds of fires over the past decade. She's also worked with Westchester and Orange counties and was embraced by all members of the fire service, Barbera added.

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