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Fairchild Working Dog Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. Lucky, a Belgian Malinois working dog from the 92nd Air Refueling Wing assigned to the 92nd Security Forces Squadron, died 30 Sep 11 as a result of cancer at the age of 11.

"We are saddened by his death," said Col. Paul Guemmer, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. "The passing of Lucky is a heartbreaking loss to Team Fairchild and the United States Air Force."

A two-time cancer survivor and a veteran of four overseas deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, Lucky was an outstanding model of what the Air Force working dog represented.

"Lucky was an amazing dog, he was always eager to work. Lucky was incredibly tough and extremely dedicated," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Fall, 92nd Security Forces military working dog handler.

As an explosives-detection dog, Lucky spent his career searching for improvised explosive devices and weapons caches.

Lucky courageously performed under heavy stress and fire by scenting out explosives, weapons caches and surviving roadside bomb attacks. At one point, he scented out explosives fastened to a military generator in Afghanistan, potentially saving numerous lives.

Lucky's valiant service did not go unnoticed. Lucky received one of Dog Fancy's Working Canine Heroes of the Year award and was honored with the American Red Cross 2010 Hometown Heroes award along with his handler, Staff Sgt. Gerald Martinez, 92nd Security Forces Squadron. He was also recognized in local, regional and national news agencies and magazines, such as Men's Journal and Air Force Times.

When asked about Lucky, Fall said, "he was born to love, trained to serve and loyal to the end."

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