BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With great sadness, Massachusetts State Police announced the death of their Explosive Detection dog Maura following over a decade of service.
Maura was a 13-year-old German Shepherd and a member of the Mass. State Police Bomb Squad assigned to the Fire Marshal's Office along with her partner, Sgt. Neil Calnan.
Police say she served the state with dedication, courage, and loyalty for 12 years. Her primary mission was to help protect the hundreds of millions of travelers who passed through Logan Airport.
In addition, Maura also worked specialized security operations throughout the state. On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, Calnan and Maura were dispatched to Boston to help secure the marathon bombing scene.
"Maura’s exceptional dedication and work ethic were noted and admired by all who worked with her," said Mass. State Police in a statement. They add she was a beloved member of the state police and Calnan families.
Maura recently developed a serious medical problem. She crossed over the rainbow bridge on Thursday.
"Thank you for your service, Maura. Only green fields to run, now, and play time and peace always," said police.