FIRE DOG Lucy, codename Cracker, is hanging up her protective boots for the last time this week.
After a decade serving communities across Greater Manchester, Lucy is heading into a well-deserved retirement.
Throughout her time with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) she played a part in many investigations and assisted with several successful imprisonments.
Lucy was indispensable one summerâ€™s day in 2009 when she found a key piece of evidence in an investigation into a suspected arsonist.
She had been let loose on a large search area and after an hour searching, negotiated a river and indicated there was something hidden in a row of trees and thick brambles.
Mike Dewar, GMFRS Dog Unit Manager, said: â€œLucy started to pull vigorously so I decided to let her off the lead to investigate.
â€œShe ran full speed towards some brambles that would have been inaccessible for a person and became entangled.
â€œAs I rushed to try and free her I noticed something black in the brambles. It was a backpack that contained a tin petrol can.
â€œThis was later used as a key piece of evidence to prosecute the arsonist.â€
In March 2010 Lucy was requested by the police to investigate a large area during an English Defence League rally.
It was believed a large cache of petrol bombs had been hidden ready for deployment with the intent to turn the protest violent.
Mike said: â€œThe search area was quite large, but Lucy didnâ€™t seem daunted by this. She didnâ€™t seem bothered by the hot weather either.
â€œAfter meticulously searching in the undercover, plain-clothed operation, we concluded that the area was safe. The protest was allowed to continue thanks to Lucyâ€™s phenomenal efforts to ensure the safety of the public.â€
Lucy has been involved in a number of high-profile cases over the years, including arson, serious assault and even murder.
One incident which stands out took place in Ashton-Under-Lyne, where a man had been murdered and set on fire.
Lucy, dressed in a forensic dog suit to ensure evidence was preserved, undertook a number of searches over a two day period.
As a result of her efforts during this multi-agency exercise, the suspect received a 30 year jail term.
Mike added: â€œLucy has served consistently to the best of her ability and far beyond what we anticipated or expected of her.
â€œEric has some enormous shoes to fill. As our official mascot she has been universally adored by the public and staff alike, and as a fire dog she has been an asset to GMFRS and will be greatly missed.â€
Watch a montage of Lucy's time at GMFRS here.