American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards - 2016 Finalists
Charity Partner: Paws With a Cause
Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
Allentown Fire Department Arson K9 Judge is a 7 year old yellow Labrador retriever that has been in service since early 2011. I met Judge for the first time in the spring class of 2011 and we have been partners ever since. He is more vocal than the other arson dogs but I attribute it to his outgoing personality and drive to work!
Judge is a well-rounded K9 that thrives in 3 major areas: investigation, deterrent, and education. As an investigator, Judge has worked over 275 fire scenes and during that time, evidence he has found has led to multiple criminal arrests and civil penalties for insurance fraud cases. As a deterrent, the numbers speak for themselves. The number of arson fires has dropped 52.7 percent since Judge has been in service with the City of Allentown. As an educator, Judge has done over 500 fire safety programs and demonstrations for crime watch groups, specialty dog shows, elementary school and high school programs, and everything in between. We have just started a pilot program with autistic children using Judge to get the life safety message to this group. He has been instrumental in making the entire Lehigh Valley and neighboring communities more aware of fire and life safety.