The following letter was written by Harford County Councilman Joe Woods. A copy was provided to The Dagger:
It is with mixed emotions, I announce the official retirement of Search and Rescue (SAR) Canine Katie. Katie is a member of the Harford County Technical Rescue Team; the Maryland Task Force 2 (MD-TF2) Urban Search and Rescue Team; and a past member of Chesapeake Search Dogs. She has trained in many states around the country. Katie was certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWADA) as an Urban Search and Rescue Canine. She received top honors at two national training events. Katie has taken an active role in many searches in and around the state of Maryland and was instrumental in locating a number of victims.
Effective on December 5th (Katie’s 8th birthday) at 2400 hours, Katie’s IPWADA Urban Search and Rescue Certification expired. This certification was her last remaining national SAR certification and I will not be able to have her recertified in any of her certifications do to time constraints. Katie will live out the rest of her life as a happy and healthy retired service canine with Laura and me. We still plan to put smiles on people faces by doing demos and visiting people at schools, VA’s, and hospitals. Of course you can still come see her at one of my offices or at www.katiedog.com .
Katie and I have had a fulfilling and exciting Canine Search and Rescue career. I would like to thank everyone for their support and guidance. Especially when Katie was injured and we all expected her career to end way too early. I’m very thankful for the support over the years from the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company, the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association, and the Harford County Technical Rescue Team. Without that support my great experience with Katie would never have occurred and Harford County would not have a Search Canine or a Technical Search and Rescue program today.
Joseph M. Woods
TRT-11, SAR Team Leader, Harford County Technical Rescue Team
Chief, Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company, Inc.
COO, Paramedical Personnel of Maryland, Inc.
Councilman, District B Harford County Maryland
Photos from www.katiedog.com