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Posted on: April 15, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Officer Russell & K9 Britt locate lost cars for a visiting family

K9 Britt at WAC

Great job Officer Russell and K9 Britt for helping a family find their lost cars keys on Saturday at the Westmoreland Athletic Complex in Cornelius. Here is the message we received:

After a long day at our softball tournament there, it was time to pack up and go home only to find out that we couldn't leave because we didn't have our keys. We already had plans for another one of the family members on our team to give us a ride all the way home to Monroe NC. I was unsure if my vehicle was going to be safe or even worse be towed because of leaving it there overnight. Luckily, a patrol car pulled in just as we were getting ready to leave. It was Officer Russell. I asked him if I was ok parking my car there but rather than saying yes and not caring, he offered to have K9 Britt take a look for them. I was shocked at the offer and graciously accepted his offer. I explained to Officer Russell all the places throughout the Complex that I had been that day. He let K9 Britt go and he scoured the grounds. Officer Russell had said the girls could come watch him work and they were thrilled to do so. Within 10 minutes K9 Britt locked in on an area and found my keys. Myself and my whole family and the other family that was driving us home were AMAZED at K9 Britt.

Afterwards, Officer Russell let the girls meet and pet the dog. He explained the training K9 Britt has, what he is used for, and the different things he smells all at the same time. It was a great learning experience for us all.

Officer Russell did not have to stop and take time out of his day tonight, but he chose to. Not everyone has the opportunity to witness a K9 dog in action, but because he was willing to stop and offer his (and K9 Britt's) services, now we all have a memory that we will never forget.

Thank you Officer Russell and K9 Britt from myself and the rest of our families.

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