On Tuesday, it was announced that the loyal dog, after a period of declining health, had died at age 14.
"This afternoon, one from our ranks left the earth — our four-legged firefighter,” the fire department wrote online. “Thank you very much for all the years you’ve been with us. We’ll remember you forever.”
But Negro's colleagues went on to pay tribute to him with more than only words. The department's board of directors decided to go one step further, bestowing upon the dog the rank of "honorary firefighter," and granting him the final respects that come with it.