Al Carson remembers standing on the deck of the U.S. Comfort, sick after several days of breathing foul air following the destruction of the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001.
“I remember looking out on New York Harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty,” the former Charleroi K-9 officer said. “I cried, and asked God for strength and protection.”
Carson, along with Rostraver Township Detective Sgt. Kerry August and Chief Greg Resetar went to Ground Zero days after the terror attacks. They volunteered to help with the gruesome task of recovering the bodies of the victims at the twin towers.
August’s K-9 dog, Hero, was trained in cadaver tactics.
Let the couch potatoing begin, Brix!
The newest K9 on the Hilliard Division of Police began service Saturday, Sept. 3 with his handler, Hilliard Police Officer Jim Large.
It was the first time Large hit the street with a partner other than Brix in more than six years.
Brix, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois shepherd dog, officially retired from the Hilliard Division of Police Aug. 30 during a ceremony at Weaver Park, where Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt presented Brix with his shield, and Large officially and personally acquired Brix, paying $1 to Hilliard Police Chief Douglas Francis to “buy” Brix.
“There are lots of traditions when a police officer retires,” Francis said.
Eight-year-old Haleigh Deubach sat in the driver’s seat of a patrol car Saturday looking at the control panel as Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gil Villavicencio gave her a quick lesson about safety.
“It was really cool, all the controls and walkie-talkies,” the Loveland girl said.
Haleigh came out with her grandmother, Diana Montgomery, also of Loveland, to the second annual Emergency Preparedness and Family Safety Expo on Saturday at Jax Mercantile Co.
Reliable deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office sometimes come with four legs and a snout.
Four police dogs — Robbie, Boz, Stryker and Diesel — are ready to go to work and assist their handlers whenever called upon.
On the job, patrol narcotic dogs Robbie and Boz can sniff out drugs, track people’s location, aid in searches, apprehend suspects and protect officers.
“The dog doesn’t have any other way to react other than his mouth,” said Robbie’s handler, Sgt. Tommy Langford.
Two K-9 teams from the Manchester Police Department scored first place finishes recently at the 2011 Police & Fire World Games at Fort Totten in New York City.
The bi-annual event was held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, and Manchester Police Officer Richard Boyle and his police service dog Marco and Manchester Police Officer Robert Johnson and his police service dog Dibbs both competed in the K-9 Patrol and K-9 Narcotics portion of the games.
Boyle and Marco placed 1st in the Building Searches competition, 2nd in Vehicle Searches and 3rd in Overall Narcotics.
In a foreign language, Officer Andrew Lambert shouted a command and Aries stopped in his tracks.
At the Police Senior Picnic on Friday at the MOT Senior Center in Middletown, Lambert and Aries demonstrated how the police K9 unit works.
Police dogs are trained to listen to one person, and for the Middletown Police Department’s German Shepard, Aries, that person is Lambert.
The New Albany Police Department will honor its first police dog — and introduce its second — at a brief public service next week.
Officers will pause to reflect on the short service of Bungee during a short ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Police Department Headquarter, 50 Village Hall Road East. The department’s first K-9 officer died unexpectedly this spring.
One Chicago Police officer doesn’t need an anniversary as a remembrance of 9-11.
Spencer uses a 3-year-old black Labrador to sniff packages, garbage cans and even commuters at ‘L’ stops.
The bomb-sniffing dog is Ggillis, after New York police Sgt. Rodney Gillis, who died when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed minutes after he ran inside.
Earlier this year, on the day a 14-year-old girl jumped from a Casper bridge into the North Platte River, Dan Dundas wasn’t on patrol. And Craig Kidder was off duty.
Dundas, a police officer, was working with the city’s Weed and Seed program in north Casper. His job entailed, among other things, getting into the community, meeting people, identifying problems.
Kidder, a firefighter, was finishing coaching a Little League baseball team. He left practice driving to his 8-year-old son’s last soccer game of the season.
Virginia State Police including one local trooper — wasted no time in responding to the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Troopers from all over the state arrived to maintain a security presence, provide escorts and keep vigilant, said Col. Steve Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent.
“Our people immediately recognized the threat environment this created, and No. 2, this was an historic event and we needed to be there for security and to just help calm folks and let folks know this is under control,” said Flaherty, who was a major and deputy director of the Bureau of Field Operations at the time.
At least 181 troopers arrived within hours of the attack and up to 250 came at the peak of the response. Troopers remained around the Pentagon for two years afterward — 18 troopers a shift, 24 hours a day — while crews reconstructed the Department of Defense headquarters.