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PFD K-9 dog Jakob has first find in Liberty search-and-rescue

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The Porter Fire Department’s new K-9 partner, Jakob--successor to the late great Harley--had his first find on Monday, after a Liberty Township boy went missing and the Porter County Search & Rescue Team was mustered.

Porter Fire Chief Jay Craig told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that, at 5:59 p.m., the Search & Rescue Team responded to a home on C.R. 200W near U.S. Highway 6, after a 13-year-old boy described as “distraught” and under-dressed for the frigid winter weather left his home.

On his arrival at the scene, Craig first asked the boy’s mother for scent articles from the boy’s bedroom and was provided with used clothing and a sheet. These Craig wiped with gauze, which he then provided to Jakob for a good whiff.

Craig and Jakob next began walking east from the house, in the direction the boy had last been seen heading by his brother. “And off we went,” Craig said. “We got out of the subdivision and 20 minutes later we found the boy in a field east of C.R. 200E.”

The boy had wrapped himself in a sheet which he’d managed to find somewhere but “was very cold and blue,” Craig noted. He was quickly put into a Porter County Sheriff’s Police squad car and taken home for treatment by EMS.

Jakob’s reward--the same as Harley’s for a successful mission--was a tennis ball, Craig said.

“But on our way home I stopped at McDonald’s and got Jakob his first-ever cheeseburger.”



Posted 2/26/2019




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