HUBER HEIGHTS — At its regular meeting on Oct. 12, the Huber Heights City Council was introduced to K9 Officer Eddie and his handler, Officer Corey Siegrist.
Siegrist said the dog was pre trained in working narcotics when he began working with K9 Eddie, but they have had six weeks of training together near Kokomo, Ind. He said the first week was dedicated to learning how to work the leash. K9 Eddie and Siegrist now train every Wednesday.
Siegrist said K9 Eddie is a non-agressive dog, meaning that when the dog is exposed to narcotics, Eddie will sit or lay down, depending on the elevation of the narcotic hide. For example, if the narcotic is low, Eddie will probably go down on his stomach and lay down in front of it and face the source of the narcotic. If the narcotic is higher, Eddie will probably put his head up and put his back legs down and sit down.
K9 Eddie is also trained in patrol work and basically does tracking and apprehension work. Siegrist said if K9 Eddie is sent out to bite a person, that is a task he will perform. Siegrist said that K9 Eddie and him have been on the road since early July, but during that time their bond has grown and will continue to grow. They have done practice trainings and scenarios where the dog is deployed from the police vehicle and will come to the rescue of his trainer. Siegrist said he’s real happy with how K9 Eddie has been doing.
Police Chief Mark Lightner said that the night before Council, Siegrist and K9 Eddie approached a residence and the suspect fled out of the back and scaled the fence. Lightner said that K9 Eddie’s bark alone was enough to make the man stop, allowing Officer Siegrist to apprehend the man.
“He’s got a very manly bark,” said Lightner.
Teresa Huber, a long time supporter of the K9 program and the Huber Heights Police Division, was also in attendance. Chief Lightner said that she has provided for the funding of six canines and for all of the training associated with those dogs over the years.
“We want to show our appreciation to you for the commitment you’ve shown to us and the canine program,” said Lightner as he presented her a picture of all the dogs including Eddie, Rico, Adu (presently in service with Officer Michael Reickner), Lex, Sammy and Dragon.
“Without your support, the program would not be the success that it is,” said Lightner, followed by the applause of the audience.
Huber said that a long time ago, her husband and she felt that a way to contribute to the whole community was to get a K9 officer for the police force that can do things that humans can’t do.
“So we were very blessed and we love this community, we love the community and all of you in the police department, fire department, EMTs. Everyone’s been very kind over the years and that is the way that we wanted to show our appreciation and also to do something that helps everybody in the community…”
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