Chesterton Tribune

 

 

PCSP: K9 Rogue finds the Sheriff at European Market

Back To Front Page

 

By LILY REX

Porter County 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 park.

Rogue was 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 wandered off.

Reynolds said the main goal of the demonstration was promoting project Lifesaver. “That GPS is remarkable, and pretty simple too,” Reynolds said.

Project Lifesaver, 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.

After the demonstration, Triad donated $1,000 to the Sheriff’s Department to help fund Project Lifesaver devices for area residents.

Chesterton 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 to Chesterton.

“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, Valarie said.

“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 PorterCountyTriad.com

 

Posted 7/15/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

Search This Site:

Custom Search