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Howling Heroes is currently accepting applications for the esteemed K-9 Guardian Award. 🐾🏆 Apply today to support our retired K9 heroes!

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Meet Nick, the Fire Dog

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Fire Dog: Nick

Officer: Christopher Odell

Fire Dog: Nick - Safety Specialist

FD: Newburgh Fire Department, NY

Breed: Pitbull Mix

M/F: Male

Age: 8

Start of Active Duty: 02.01.18

Retirement Date: 05.27.23

Nick was abandoned as a puppy, tied to a fire hydrant near the Newburgh Fire Department in 2016. The fire fighters adopted him as their fire house dog and he began his career in 2018. Nick was an important part of everyday life at the fire house. He responded to thousands of fire calls alongside his fire fighter brothers. Nick made many public appearances in the busy city and helped teach adults and children about fire safety. In 2021, Newburgh fire fighter Tim Dexter published a children's book entitled "The True Story of Nick the Fire Dog." Nick and his fire fighter dad both retired on the same day in 2023. 

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Join us in honoring the unwavering dedication of our Howling Heroes and supporting future K9 Guardian Award recipients by contributing to the VFR Foundation. Your generosity not only sustains our current heroes but paves the way for the training and support of future four-legged guardians.


Every contribution, no matter the size, amplifies the impact of these extraordinary animals and fortifies their ability to serve with distinction. Join us in championing their cause and making a tangible difference in the lives of these remarkable canines.

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