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RIP Cooper: Beloved Vancouver rescue dog dies

DH Vancouver Staff Jul 08, 2014 7:59 pm

One of Vancouver’s hardest working rescue dogs has passed away, and will be greatly missed.

Cooper passed away at the age of 13 after a brief illness, according to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services (VFRS).

The beloved dog spent years working with Heavy Urban Search & Rescue (HUSAR) and helped in many high-profile humanitarian efforts both here in B.C. and in the U.S.

Cooper and handler Captain Flynn Lamont.

Cooper and handler Captain Flynn Lamont.

Fire Chief John McKearney said that Cooper represented his team “admirably” and called his loss “significant.”

Here’s just some of the projects he worked on:

• The 2005 Seymour mud slide
• New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005
• Assisting the RCMP Major Crimes Unit with numerous investigations, notably the Robert Pickton investigation
• The Missing Women’s Task force
• Searches associated with the Highway of Tears
• Assisting the BC Coroner’s Service on numerous occasions


“Our appreciation and gratitude go out to Cooper for his efforts in service to Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services, the greater community and to his handler Captain Flynn Lamont. Captain Lamont and his other service Canine, Huddleston, continue to serve the public in the Search and Rescue field,” McKearney wrote in a statement.

Cooper is the son of Barkley, a dog that spent 13 years assisting in search and rescue efforts.

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