Yorktown community mourns death of beloved fire dog
After years of service helping with arson investigations in Yorktown, a dog named Blaze passed away from cancer Wednesday. Blaze was born and bred in the Czech Republic, and all his commands were given in Czech. When Yorktown Highway Superintendent Eric DiBartolo picked him up at the airport, the two trained for 16 weeks, eight hours a day. DiBartolo used his four-legged partner to determine if a particular fire was set deliberately.
"If someone used anything, from alcohol to jet fuel, to start a fire, Blaze was trained to find it," DiBartolo says.
Aside of his professional duties, Blaze was also a loving pet to both DiBartolo and his wife, Elizabeth.