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Vt. State Police retires 2 veteran bomb dogs

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Freesia Freesia

MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) - Two veteran Vermont State Police bomb sniffing dogs are headed for the golden years of retirement.

Officials say that late last month the dogs "Oak" and "Freesia" retired after eight years as serving as state police bomb dogs.

Over the years, Oak and Freesia helped protect the president of the United States, two vice presidents, two first ladies, several presidential candidates, the U.S. attorney general, the FBI director, two chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two Vermont governors and a variety of other dignitaries.

While Oak and Freesia have retired, they have been replaced by police dog "Nacoma," handled by Trooper Steven Gelder and based in Rutland, and "Greer," handled by Trooper Matthew Sweitzer, who is based in Middlesex.

Last year the bomb squad responded to 39 calls.

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