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Florida fire rescue hero dog retires with honours after one last mission

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The 10-year-old dog had already retired, but returned to action after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South, a beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfsiden in June this year. Now it’s finally time to retire with honour.

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the , Updated on the

One of the most important members of a search and rescue team are our four-legged friends, who together with firefighters and paramedics play a fundamental role in saving people’s lives when an accident occurs.

Just a few days ago, a very unique worker retired from its duties at Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, in Florida. This special guy was a ten-year-old Labrador named Rit.


When duty calls

Rit had retired earlier in 2021, but was just getting used to retirement life when the Surfside condominium collapsed and he didn’t even think twice, he immediately came to people’s rescue!

His handler, Captain Rolando Busto, remembered that that fateful day in June, Rit was the first dog to go out there with him: "In just 20 minutes we were already looking through the rubble."

Rit has been actively participating in other rescue missions in Florida since then, but the time has finally come for his final retirement.

A well deserved retired life

He no longer goes to work with the fire brigade, but anyway, Rit does not separate from his handler, as he is his lifelong human. Now Rit stays at Captain Busto's house all day, playing with balls "which is what he likes to do the most," according to his Busto.

This brave hero also keeps a close eye on Guinness’s training, his canine friend who is taking his position among the firefighters and who is also trained by Busto.

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