The Porter Fire
Department’s K-9 unit--Harley--and his handler, Deputy Fire Chief Jay Craig,
participated Wednesday in the search for evidence related to the fatal
shooting on Sunday of Gary Police Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield.
Craig and Harley
conducted their search from 9 a.m. until around 2 p.m. in the area of 23rd
Ave. and Harrison Street, Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton
The two joined
scores of other volunteers on Wednesday in the search for evidence. Chief
Craig said that searchers were particularly hopeful of finding the murder
weapon. Instead they found a camera and cell phone, which may or may not be
related to Westerfield’s murder, Craig said.
Meanwhile, at 9:46
a.m. Wednesday the PFD responded to a diesel spill at the Travel America
South truck stop at 1441 U.S. Highway 20, where a minivan collided with a
semi tractor in the parking lot.
diesel tank was breached, Craig said, and 70 gallons of fuel were spilled.
TA cleaned up the
spill itself, after firefighters deployed 11 50-pound bags of oil dry, Craig
The PFD cleared the
scene at 10:48 a.m.