May 7, 2014 2:08 PM

Phoenix firefighters helped in Washington mudslides

It was a natural disaster that stole lives and headlines devastating a Washington community.

The landslide in Oso was the kind of a disaster where first responders and emergency help from around the country rallied to try to make a difference, helping the people up there pull their lives back together.

But others werent so lucky.

And a special team from Phoenix was called in to help locate those who wouldn't be coming home. John Dean with his dog Booter and Tim Steckler with his dog Rogue trained in Phoenix rubble for just a months.

They didn't know they'd be called in to a landslide that killed at least 30 people in Oso.

These two veteran firefighters used to a the fire lines in Phoenix were now deep in what used to be forest.

They were Searching sometimes alongside the very relatives of the people that were missing.

They were one of 20 search teams looking for basically an entire community.

The human remains training was new to their K-9s - a skillset recognized by Phoenix Fire after our own disaster close to home.

A massive wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.

The team had their first official recovery which means a family would have answers and a chance at a proper burial.

Fire officials admit, that had Yarnell not happened, the idea for training dogs for that kind of mission might not have come up.


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