Heroes of the Week: K-9 Search and Rescue Team

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

On Monday, February 6th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey. A U.S.-based rescue team of 150 members boarded a military flight with specialized tools, cameras, listening devices, and search dogs to help in the rescue efforts. One of those dogs, a black lab named Peter Pan, worked hard to sniff out those still alive. Paul Serzan, one of the K-9 search and rescue specialists, said that the dogs are trained to know the difference between the scent of someone standing next to them and the scent of someone buried under concrete.

Paul watched Peter Pan stop in front of an opening in the debris and start barking, indicating that he’d found someone. The U.S. Aid team and Turkish miners started digging, on both sides of where the dog was barking. They were finally able to pull out a woman and her child, both still alive!

Learn more about this story as covered by NPR.

Kix’s Response:

We’re happy to recognize the rescue team members and especially those trained dogs who work endlessly as part of that team. We salute them as our ACC Heroes!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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