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- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)25
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)6
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Men who pulled father, son from burning car near Naylor honored by highway patrol (12/1/16)
Search-rescue relies on trust
To the editor:I'd like to clarify that there are two separate search-and-rescue teams based in Scott County. One is the Scott County Search and Rescue K9 Unit associated with the Scott County Emergency Management Agency. The other is the Scott County Sheriff's Department K9 Tactical Search Team. It needs to be made clear that the accused in the alleged dogfighting ring was a member of the sheriff's tactical team and was in no way associated with the EMA's K9 unit.
That said, I would also like to say that I know both the tactical team's chief and training officer and have trained with them on numerous occasions. Both have served their country in the military. In all my dealings with them they both have never shown themselves to be anything less than trustworthy. They would be a welcome asset to any team.
In search and rescue, your reputation is crucial. Local agencies, other teams and the public need to know that they are working with competent and trustworthy people. It's a shame that the actions of one person, if he is guilty, could damage the reputation of others that continue to dedicate their lives in service to the public.
KEVIN SHARP, K9 Training Officer, Scott County Search and Rescue K0 Unit, Benton, Mo.