Firefighters Pay Heartwarming Tribute To Their Beloved Station Dog

Andrea A.

Negro, an adorable dog, has spent 10 years of his life living with the firefighters in the Chilean city of Iquique. The animal was a happy presence in the firefighter's no doubt stressful lives and they treated him like one of their own.

Source: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Iquique

Unfortunately, as Negro got older, his health started to worsen. On March 6 2018, the dog sadly died at the grand old age of 14. Firefighters reported his passing away on their Facebook page:

This afternoon, one from our ranks left the earth — our four-legged firefighter. Thank you very much for all the years you’ve been with us. We’ll remember you forever.

Source: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Iquique

They then went on to say a final goodbye to Negro through a beautiful ceremony. They even bestowed upon him the rank of "honorary firefighter".

Source: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Iquique

Fire Captain Jorge Tapia toldSoyiquique.cl:

Negro was one of us, one of this family. He was respected, loved. We said goodbye in a very emotional ceremony because we were saying goodbye to one of our own, who was an important part of this company.

Source: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Iquique

The dog's casket was carried out, flanked by the firefighters, before being buried close to the station. A tree was also planted nearby, in loving memory.

Source: Cuerpo de Bomberos de Iquique

H/t: The Dodo