Active Teams: Illinois

Mitch Kushner and K-9 Zoe

Springfield, IL

Mitch Kushner is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 1992 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was first partnered with K-9 Nikki from 1992 until 2002. His second partner was K-9 Raider and they investigated fires from 2002 until 2013. In April 2013 Mitch was partnered with K-9 Zoe during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Investigator Greg Vespa and K-9 Rocky

Greg Vespa and K-9 Rocky

Springfield, IL

Greg Vespa is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2014 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Rocky during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Kenny Arnold & K-9 Dollar

Kenny Arnold and K-9 Dollar

Springfield, IL

Kenny Arnold is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2006 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Ellie. In 2012 K-9 Ellie retired and Kenny was partnered with K-9 Dollar during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Shane Arndt and K-9 Rusty

Springfield, IL

Shane Arndt is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2004 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Sherlock. In 2009 K-9 Sherlock retired and Shane was partnered with K-9 Rusty during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Investigator Greg Vespa and K-9 Rocky

Greg Vespa and K-9 Rocky

Springfield, IL

Greg Vespa is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2014 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Rocky during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Jeff Pride and K-9 Gemma

Jeff Pride and K-9 Gemma

Springfield, IL

Jeff Pride is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2003 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Penny until she was retired in 2006. In 2006 Jeff was partnered with K-9 Frosty until retirement in 2013. In 2013 Jeff was partnered with K-9 Gemma during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Terry Ooms and K-9 Jules

Terry Ooms and K-9 Jules

Springfield, IL

Terry Ooms is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2013 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Jules during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Greg Castronovo and K-9 Ava

Springfield, IL

Greg Castronovo is an Arson Investigator with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2016 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Ava during a four week class in Concord, New Hampshire sponsored by State Farm.
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Joe Garland and K-9 Chewy

Belleville, IL

Joe Garland is an fire investigator with the Belleville Fire Department. In 2009 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Chewy during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Jack Barba and K-9 Zoe

Bensenville, IL

Jack Barba is a fire investigator with the Bensenville Police Department. In 2010 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Zoe during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.
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Jay Crippen and Kermit

Jay Crippen and K-9 Kermit

Carbondale, IL

Jay Crippen is a fire investigator with the City of Carbondale Fire Department. In 2006 he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Pal. In 2014 K-9 Pal retired and Jay was partnered with K-9 Kermit during a four week class in Alfred, Maine sponsored by State Farm.

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