A recently retired Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department explosive detection canine has passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer. "Thunder" served alongside his handler and partner, Fire Captain Dale Ednock, from 2003 until his retirement in September 2012. Thunder passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013. As is the case with most public safety canines, Thunder worked alongside Captain Ednock and went home with him as a loving and loyal pet to Dale and his family.
Captain Ednock, Bomb Squad Commander, stated, "Thunder's passing has left a tremendous emptiness in my family’s home and hearts. He will be missed."
Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor stated, "Thunder served Prince George's County diligently for 9 years. His service to members of the Fire/EMS Department and Prince George's County as a whole was and still is appreciated. I understand the special relationship of Thunder with Dale and his family, Thunder was a beloved family pet in addition to being a loyal and dedicated partner that came to work and went home with Captain Ednock. My condolences to Dale and his family"
Mark E. Brady
PGFD Chief Spokesperson