It is with great sadness that the Sacramento Fire Department announces the passing of Ana, the first nationally certified Fire Department Disaster Search Canine and the first dog certified by the Search Dog Foundation. Ana spent her last shift yesterday at Fire Station #56, and passed away last night from cancer. Ana was born on July 4, 1995 and had officially retired in February of this year.
Ana is best known for her work at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, and three separate building collapses here in Sacramento. Ana was not only a member of the crew of Fire Station #56, but she was a member of the Sacramento Fire Departments Urban Search & Rescue Task Force #7. Her handler is Sacramento Fire Department Captain Rick Lee. Captain Lee and Ana were inseparable. Ana spent most of her time with Captain Lee, both on and off duty. Those who knew and worked with Ana enjoyed her very much and were awe inspired by her strong work ethic.
Ana had been featured in several local and national news stories, a feature on National Geographic’s “Dogs with Jobs” show, a spot on “Animal Planet” and an interview with CNN. She is also featured in a book titled; “Dog Heroes of September 11th”. There is a large picture of Ana at 3rd & Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento on a fence at the former construction site.
A memorial service will be held, date and location to be announced later. Donations can be made in memory of Ana, and much more information can be found at the Search Dog Foundation at www.searchdogfoundation.org