Inside The Story: K-9 Officer Saves Lives in Summit County
(KUTV) Deputy Tank, a pure-bred blood hound, has been credited with saving lives and solving crimes throughout Summit County. His service to the Summit County Sheriff's Department has earned both him and his handler, Sergeant Jeremy Forman, two life-saving awards over the past few months.
According to Sgt. Foreman, Tank is unquestionably a tracking expert. All he requires is a foot print or other marking to help him find someone; his nose does the rest.
Since joining the department Tank has located more than a dozen people. The most recent was a man who had been critically injured in a rollover accident in the Deer Mountain community. When officers came upon the car there was no driver, but lots of blood. The driver had wandered away from the accident and within five minutes Deputy Tank was able to locate them,
Sgt. Foreman and Tank were also called in on a suicidal incident near Coalville, Utah. The man had injured himself and called police, but officers did not have a location. Deputy Tank only needed the parked car at the trial head to pick up the scent.
"We knew he had some pretty severe injuries and we knew that we needed to find him quickly in order to get him the care that he needed. Tank followed his trail and found the man on a knoll overlooking I-80. Had we not located him he would have probably passed away," said Sgt. Foreman
Sgt. Forman and Deputy Tank have been training and working together for three years and are looking forward to many more rescue missions in the future.
By: Dan Rascon
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