Sheriff’s Police K9 Rogue sniffed out Sheriff David Reynolds, who was hiding
at the European Market Saturday.
It took Rogue only
one minute and five seconds to lead handler Lieut. Jason Praschak from the
Porter County Triad Tent, near the Thomas Centennial Park boxcar restrooms,
to Reynolds’ hiding place behind some bushes in the northeast corner of the
laser-focused despite the abundance of dogs at the Market for the Bark in
the Park event, including a pack of noisy beagles in her path.
Rogue was rewarded
with a tennis ball after finding Reynolds. Praschak said work and play are
one and the same for Rogue and other police K9s. “Even when they’re finding
bad guys, they think they’re playing.”
The search was a
demonstration not just of Rogue’s ability, but also of how fast a Project
Lifesaver GPS bracelet can help first responders find someone who has
Reynolds said the
main goal of the demonstration was promoting project Lifesaver. “That GPS is
remarkable, and pretty simple too,” Reynolds said.
supported by Porter County Triad and the Sheriff’s Department, provides
tracking bands that can be worn around the wrist or ankle to Porter County
residents who have a high risk of getting lost, such as seniors with
Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease or children with special needs.
Each band costs
$250, but financial help is available for everyone who needs the band,
according to Triad Director of Business Development Cathy Ellis. “Just call
the Sheriff’s Department,” Ellis said. Triad, a non-profit partnership
between law enforcement and the community dedicated to helping support
seniors, is based at the Sheriff’s Department.
A team from Triad
was tasked with finding Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka Saturday. Jarka was
outfitted with a transmitter and given five minutes to hide. The Triad team
found him in just two minutes and 51 seconds, hiding in the alley that
connects 3rd Street to Calumet.
demonstration, Triad donated $1,000 to the Sheriff’s Department to help fund
Project Lifesaver devices for area residents.
residents Valarie and Chad Van Kley came to the Market specifically for the
demonstration Saturday. They wanted to see Project Lifesaver at work since
their nine-year-old daughter Victoria wears a Project Lifesaver Transmitter
on her ankle.
According to her
parents, Victoria has Down’s Syndrome, and tends to wander. She has worn the
transmitter for three years, since an incident when the family first moved
“We were new to
town, and she wandered away,” Valarie Van Kley said. “We were turned away
for maybe five minutes, and she was gone.”
The Van Kley’s said
all they have to do is check the transmitter’s battery every so often. The
Sheriff’s Department periodically changes the battery and takes care of
other maintenance. Wearing the transmitter doesn’t bother Victoria either,
“Now if she does
get lost, there’s someone we can call,” Valarie said. Valarie also said
seeing how fast the tracking worked gave them extra peace of mind.
Ellis noted Triad
is always looking for new members, sponsors, and volunteers. Triad’s next
meeting is 9 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Sheriff’s Department, and they meet
regularly on the first Tuesday of the month. Residents can find out more at