Marco the Bomb Dog


Fairfax County Police Department
Franconia District Station

6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
703-922-0889. TTY 711. Fax 703-719-6436
Date Released 03/14/12
Contact: Brooke Wright / 703-922-0889
Information Bulletin: Marco the Bomb Dog

 Photo of Marco the Bomb Dog



            Meet the furry face of safety and security! I’m Marco. I am the only K9 who works at the Franconia District Station.  My Dad, PFC Brian Buckholtz, is a police officer on the Franconia Bike Team, and he is also a Bomb Tech.  Since I can’t ride a bike, and they don’t have any of those cool shorts that fit me, I was trained by the CIA to sniff for bombs and explosives.  My job is fun and I get paid with breakfast and dinner every day!  I also get to go home to the family every night and make sure no squirrels play in my yard.

            I had to go to school with Dad for 16 weeks to learn how to detect over 14,000 odors used in explosives.  Now I have to go back once a year and keep passing my tests.  Good thing we review every day so it doesn’t feel like the SAT. 

            My job is so important that I have done security screenings for President Obama and First Lady, Mrs. Obama, when they have come to visit different schools in the area.  I hear they have a pretty good looking dog too, but I don’t believe he is gainfully employed.  I have also been able to meet some young people from the iCarly show and the famous chef, Rachel Ray.  I did not get to be on TV myself (yet), but I did get some pictures with them!

            In my spare time I enjoy fetching tennis and lacrosse balls, a tall bowl of water, and long walks on the beach.  I am happy to work here and go home to my family every night.  I was going to show you pictures of my dog bed, but Dad says, “You are not a Kardashian, no cameras in the house.”  Sorry folks, I tried.

              Photo of Marco and iCarly stars                                      Photo of Marco and Rachel Ray                                      

Photo of Marco and PFC Buckholtz


 To request this information in an alternate format, call the Franconia District Station at 703.922.0889.  TTY 711






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