Despite the fact that firemen in the Chilean city of Iquique put their lives on the line every day for the benefit of the community, it is their heartfelt homage to a four-legged member of their crew who died last week that has garnered national attention.

For more than a decade, this lovely dog named Negro accompanied Iquique Fire Department first responders on their daily duties. In his role as station dog, he kept an eye on things when firemen were out on calls, and he was always there to greet them when they returned with a waggy tail.

The dog’s joyful presence unquestionably helped those around him relax while they went about their often dangerous responsibilities, and it made the long moments of stillness between them all the more enjoyable.

It was terrible that Negro’s years of devotion had come to an end.

On Tuesday, it was disclosed that the dedicated dog had passed away at the age of 14 after suffering from a period of ill health in recent years.

“One of our colleagues — our four-legged fireman – departed the earth this afternoon,” the fire department said on its website, announcing the death. We appreciate all you’ve done for us over the years, and we sincerely thank you.” We’ll never forget what you’ve done for us.”

Negro’s employees, on the other hand, showed him a great deal of respect in a variety of ways. With the designation of “honorary firefighter” and the final respects that come with it, the department’s board of directors decided to go one step further and award the dog with the honor of being named as such.

In a heartfelt goodbye ceremony, the fire department organized an honor guard burial for the cherished canine companion.

“Black man was one of us, a member of this tribe,” says the narrator. In addition to being loved and respected, he quotes Fire Captain Jorge Tapia as stating, “We said our goodbyes in an emotional ceremony since we were saying goodbye to one of our own, who was a fundamental component of our organization.”

And his importance to them was demonstrated when the dog’s casket was taken out in front of the crowd, escorted by his colleagues.

That evening, Negro’s remains was laid to rest in a cemetery not far from the location where he had served his country with honor. In addition, a tree was planted in his honor at the site of the accident.

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By Elen

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