Bowling Green’s newest investigator has four legs and is two years old

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Bowling Green Fire Department’s newest member is 2 years old, has four legs and one heck of a nose.

Millie is a black Labrador Retriever and an ATF certified accelerant detection canine.

Millie and her handler, Bowling Green Fire Department Capt. Michael Cornwell, just graduated from a six-week ATF accelerant detection canine handling school in Virginia.

Millie is trained to detect six different categories of accelerants and will be used to do just that during suspicious fires in Bowling Green.

Not only is she the first accelerant detecting dog the Bowling Green Fire Department has ever had, but she’s also the only ATF certified canine in the state.

“The opportunity to have this in Bowling Green is something special,” Cornwell said. “The fact is we aren’t having to get a canine from several hours away. When we have a fire scene and we detect accelerant being used, here she is.”

Millie lives with Cornwell and his family. He says she loves to play with his children and his other dog.

“She’s with me 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The bond is close. You can’t help but tell when she’s walking with you, she looks up and thinks a lot of me, and I think a lot of her,” he said.

She will likely work until she is 8 or 9 years old.