Los Angeles County Fire Captain Billy Monahan was joined by colleagues and family on Thursday, June 7, in mourning the recent loss of his search canine partner, Hunter, during a flag ceremony held at Fire Station 136 in Palmdale. After 14 years of dedicated service, Hunter retired in January and passed away after battling a long-term illness on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
As members of CATF-2/USA 1, Captain Monahan and Hunter responded to many international deployments. In 2010, they helped in search efforts after a devastating earthquake in Haiti. Hunter became the first canine to be awarded Firefighter of the Year for saving four lives while on that deployment. The pair were also deployed to local incidents, including the Chatsworth and Commerce train derailments.
Thank you, Hunter and Captain Monahan, for your dedicated and steady service as first responders and as ambassadors for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.