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March 30, 2004

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The K-9 Unit of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has brought home several honors from the US Police Canine Association Region One Field Trials.

Sgt. Robert Dudley and K-9 "Rocky" won the prestigious "Fred Wheeler Award" for best combined score in the areas of Obedience and Apprehension.

In the 4-man team competition, the Okaloosa entry finished second overall. Individually, four Okaloosa dogs ranked in the top-20 after the four days of competition.

Deputy Ron Kimble and K-9 "Valko" finished the trials ranked fifth overall; Dudley and "Rocky" were seventh; Deputy Tim Patterson and "Flash" were 16th; and Deputy Steve Weyer and "Kody" ranked 20th.

Dudley, Kimble, Weyer, and Deputy Kristin Pond with "Laser" comprised the team entry that finished second.

Dudley and Weyer finished second and third, respectively, in the "Obedience" category. Weyer was third in "Agility." Pond won two special awards: The Narcotics Case of the Quarter, and the "Terry Shoenborn Sportsmanship Award."

The Field Trials, held in Tallahassee March 20 - 24, feature competitions in the areas of Article Search, Apprehension, Agility, and Obedience. The sixth member of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, Deputy Jennifer Bellamy with K-9 "Key," specializes exclusively in narcotics detection and did not participate in the Field Trials.

Pictured Left to Right: Deputy Tim Patterson and "Flash", Deputy Ron Kimble and "Valko", Deputy Steve Weyer and "Kody", Sergeant Bob Dudley and "Rocky", and Deputy Kristin Pond and "Laser".


for more information contact Sgt. Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420