IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – We all have a calling in life that gives us a sense of fulfillment and purpose. For some, however, this calling means that they have a different perspective.
Instead of running a mile in someone else’s shoes, how about running a mile on someone else’s paws? We’ll come back to that in a moment.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ironton Mayor Sam Cramblit swore in two new officers.
The first officer sworn in on Tuesday was patrol officer Robert Fouch. He’s been a policeman for about five years. Before he was sworn in, Fouch had already begun making connections in Ironton.
Ptlm. Fouch helps train the high school wrestling team which will help them serve the city better.
“I think it will help bridge communication with the community [and] Communication with the younger generation, ”said Fouch. “I look forward to working with the community, not just as ‘Coach Fouch’ but also as ‘Officer Fouch’.”
Mayor Cramblit led the swearing in of Ammo, the police’s new K-9 drug dog. Ammunition is two years old and he is a German Shepherd. The other drug dog, Goose, works with the police captain on the midnight shift.
“[Ammo will] Be a great tool for our department, ”said Ironton Police Chief Pam Wagner. “COVID is a major epidemic, but our drug problem has been an epidemic in our country for many years.”
With two dogs on duty, officials hope ammunition and goose will save them time by sticking their noses in hard-to-reach places to find hidden drugs during suspicious traffic stops. Boss Wagner says this would allow the department to get to other calls faster and will help the department in court.
Ammunition handler is Ptlm. Jordan Reyes, who worked for the South Point Police Department when he was doing dog training. Reyes says he was in the right place at the right time because his trainer offered the department a dog. Ammunition has been looked after by Reyes since he was eight months old.
“He knows me better than anyone,” said Ptlm. Said Reyes, who is allowed to do street drugs alongside the man’s best friend by his side. “When he comes home, he’s just a big baby. He is given treats and toys and is just a family dog. But whenever it’s time to take to the streets, he’s also very good. “
The Ironton Police Department now has 15 full-time officers, excluding the drug dogs. Any officer can call for help from goose or ammunition. Chef Wagner says she hopes to bring the dogs back to school for the department’s anti-drug campaign so the kids can meet them once the pandemic is over.
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