INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An explosive detection canine at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) is now enjoying retirement after serving eight years with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
TTirado was celebrated at a private ceremony at IND on May 29, according to Mark Howell with TSA. The 10 1/2-year-old pup was gifted dozens of tennis balls after successfully completing his last bag check at the airport. A video of his last bag check was posted on Twitter.
Keith Gray, TTirado’s handler, says he’s thankful for his partner and the memories they’ve shared.
TTirado is named after New York Engine 23 Firefighter Hector Luis Tirado Jr. Tirado died in service on Sept. 11, 2001.
Gray says he plans to hit the road with TTirado in the near future.
“I have three travel objectives for TTirado – New York City for the Ground Zero Memorial and FDNY Station 23 where his namesake worked, Atlanta to meet one of Hector’s sons and his family who we have kept in touch with, and finally to San Antonio to see his foster family who helped raise him during his puppy years,” Gray said in a release sent to News 8.
TTirado will continue to live in Indianapolis at Gray’s home.