Cipher, an 11-year-old search and rescue dog with the Broken Arrow Fire Department, and a good girl, died Thursday after a lifelong career with the department.
During her decade of service, Cipher became the first dog in Oklahoma to be certified as a SUSAR live-find disaster search canine, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
She also was certified twice as a Type I disaster canine, the highest certification in her specialty, and was deployed to numerous searches with one of Oklahoma’s two statewide rescue teams.
Cipher joined the Broken Arrow Fire Department in October 2007 and was assigned to K-9 Handler Jeremy Roberts as part of Oklahoma Task Force 1, a search and rescue team.
The rescue pup also served as an ambassador and public safety educator for the department. She participated in more than 500 public events including hundreds of classroom visits, “capturing the attention of thousands of school children,” the department wrote.
“Cipher was truly a special dog that took on a difficult job with her own special style,” the department wrote. “She was as stubborn and ornery as she was patient and focused. It was always amazing to watch her work. Cipher was loved and will be missed greatly!”