Hero Grenfell fire dog Murphy hangs up his buster boots



This adorable fire dog deployed to Grenfell Tower in the aftermath of the inferno is hanging up his buster boots.

Cocker spaniel Murphy, and his four-legged colleague Roscoe are retiring this week when their handler and fire investigator Mick Boyle leaves London Fire Brigade after 30 years of service.

After the tragedy on June 14, five-year-old Murphy and Mr Boyle looked for accelerants in the building, with the dog wearing specialised buster boots for protection.

Mr Boyle joined the brigade as a firefighter on Tooting green watch in 1987 before joining the fire investigation team in 1997.

Retiring: Mick Boyle and fire dogs Murphy and Roscoe (London Fire Brigade)

He became one of the brigade’s first dog handlers and took on springer spaniel Roscoe after five weeks of intensive training.

Between them, the dogs have attended more than 2,000 incidents, assisting the fire investigations unit by sniffing out ignitable materials from a current list of 11 target substances.

One of the biggest successes for the pair was last year, when Roscoe was named Animal of the Year by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

At 13, he is taking a well-earned retirement, while Murphy, who joined the team in 2013, is getting off a little early.

Fire dogs: Roscoe and Murphy have attended more than 2,000 incidents (London Fire Brigade)

Mr Boyle said: “The dogs are all about keeping the people of London safe and they have been an exceptional success.

“Every time I work with them and they find something it gives me immense satisfaction and I’m always amazed.

“I never ever get tired of it when they do find something. I’ve always had pride in my two dogs.”

Deadly inferno: The Grenfell Tower fire (Jeremy Selwyn)

Talking of his retirement, he said he plans to relax and take life as it comes and while he will be sad to go, he is looking forward to it.

Mr Boyle said: “I will miss it but it’s the right time to go – I have got some incredibly good memories and I’m going at a time when the LFB is right up there and incredibly well thought of.”



Source : http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hero-grenfell-fire-dog-murphy-hangs-up-his-buster-boots-a3608976.html

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