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From rescue to bomb sniffing dog: First ever MSP certified fire marshal K-9 retires

K-9 Blitz
K-9 Blitz and Deputy Ernst
Posted at 2:00 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 14:06:10-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — The first ever Maryland State Police certified Fire Marshal K-9 is retiring after 6-years on the job.

K-9 Blitz has had quite the life journey.

He went from being rescued at a St. Mary's County animal shelter, to working several details for President's Donald Trump and Barack Obama, and Vice President's Mike Pence and Joe Biden.

Throughout his career, Blitz and his handler, Deputy State Fire Marshal and Bomb Technician Edward Ernst, responded to 168 calls, including a search warrant where explosive powder for pipe bombs was discovered.

Another big part of Blitz's career included working Ravens and Orioles games, to insure the stadiums were safe for fans and players.

Blitz also retires as the only German Shepherd to serve with the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Now Blitz will get to enjoy retirement with Deputy Ernst and his family in Western Maryland.