Canto the fire dog memorialized

Canto, a German shepherd, investigated more than 200 fires in the Hudson Valley. (4/9/14)

SCARSDALE - First responders in Scarsdale honored their longtime K-9 who passed away last month after a very impressive career.

A memorial for Canto the fire dog was held last night at the Greenville firehouse.

Canto, a German shepherd, investigated more than 200 fires in the Hudson Valley and was responsible for detecting arson that led to six convictions.

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Westchester County Emergency Services Commissioner John Cullen says Canto was not just his work partner but a member of the family. "With the family he was very outgoing, he liked to play games; you know he was a clown, he was just a good all-around family pet," says Cullen.

Canto also helped investigators search for missing Edgemont college student Lauren Spierer in Indiana.

A plaque with Canto's name on it will now be placed on the national fire dog monument in Washington, D.C.

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