Retired Accelerant Detection K-9 Phoenix has passed away

- North Carolina, USA -

Many agencies in North Carolina are remembering former SBI Accelerant Detection K-9 Phoenix who was sadly laid to rest on Thursday, February 6, due to health complications.

Officer Phoenix was born in 2007 and worked with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation from 2008 until 2011 alongside former Special Agent David Bridges.

After serving with the SBI, Phoenix then worked for the Rockingham County Fire Marshal’s Office.

They wrote in their Facebook post: “Through an agreement with the N.C. State Property Office, Phoenix was purchased by Rockingham County. Past Assistant Fire Marshal John Cruise was assigned as her handler. Phoenix was certified as an Accelerant K-9 through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF)

Throughout her career, Phoenix was instrumental in many arson arrests throughout North Carolina as an SBI K-9. As part of the Fire Marshal’s Office, K-9 Phoenix served Rockingham County and the surrounding counties of Alamance, Guilford, Forsyth, Stokes, Caswell, Henry (VA) and Pittsylvania (VA). Phoenix was influential in the successful prosecution of many arson cases during her career with Rockingham County.

Phoenix retired in 2015 and lived out her remaining days with John Cruise, his wife J.J. and daughter Jamie where she had became one of the members of their family. Phoenix would have been 13 years old this coming July.

Robert Cardwell, Rockingham County Fire Marshal (Retired).”


Madison, NC Fire Department

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