He is named Alex. He was rescued by the Columbus Division of Fire and was trained through their Bomb Squad K9 Unit.
Columbus Fire says Labradors are perfect candidates for bomb detection because of their energy and long noses.
Columbus Division of Fire firefighter and canine trainer,Kenyon Beaver said, “Alex went through an intense 4-month training program where he got a medical evaluation, obedience and smell training.”
According to Beaver, Columbus Fire has trained about 16 dogs in the past 10 years who have helped other agencies around Ohio. He estimates about 3/4 of them are rescue dogs.
Alex was donated by the Franklin County Dog Shelter.
“New lease on life for Alex,” said Debbie Finelli, Acting Director of the Franklin County Dog Shelter. “Maybe the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Officer Tim Woodyard, Ohio University Police, is Alex’s handler.
He says he and his family have grown attached to Alex during the course of training.
“I think they love him sometimes more than they love me,” Woodyard said.
Alex’s first day of work with Woodyard will be at this weekend’s Ohio University football game.
“Not only will the dog serve Ohio University, but also will be available throughout the region if the need should arise,” said Beaver.
Source: Fox 28