Active Teams: Illinois

Greg Vespa and K-9 Ross

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

Springfield, IL

Greg Vespa is a Special Agent 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. In 2019, he was partnered with K-9 Ross during a four week class in Concord, NH sponsored by State Farm.

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 Kenny Arnold and K-9 Gunny

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

Springfield, IL

Kenny Arnold is a Special Agent 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. In 2020, K-9 Dollar retired and Kenny was certified with K-9 Gunny.

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Shane Arndt and K-9 Mazy

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

Springfield, IL

Shane Arndt is a Special Agent 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. In April 2017, K-9 Rusty was retired and Shane was partnered with K-9 Mazy during a four week class in Concord, New Hampshire sponsored by State Farm.

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Jeff Pride and K-9 PJ

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

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 Gemm. In 2020, K-9 Gemma was retired and Jeff was certified with K-9 PJ.

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Bobby Joe Brown and K-9 Sasha

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

Springfield, IL

Bobby Joe Brown is a Special Agent with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2019, he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Sasha during a four week class in Concord, NH sponsored by State Farm.

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Michael Kuban and K-9 Phantom

Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office

Springfield, IL

Michael Kuban is a Special Agent with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office. In 2020, he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Phantom during a four week class in Concord, New Hampshire sponsored by State Farm.

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Jeff Fabrizio and K-9 Sadie

Belleville Fire Department

Belleville, IL

Jeff Fabrizio is a fire investigator with the Belleville Fire Department. In 2018, he became a certified arson K-9 handler when he was partnered with K-9 Sadie during a four week class in Concord, New Hampshire sponsored by State Farm.

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Jack Barba and K-9 Zoe

Bensenville Police Department

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 Fire Department

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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