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Marion Helps It’s K-9 Unit
MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) While some people were chowing down on pancakes, Rico and his fellow canine officers were chomping on some tennis balls.
"I never realized some of the things that they can do and they really are so well trained, said Marion resident Donna Spilker.
The Grace Baptist Church holds a Pancake Breakfast every year to benefit Marions K-9 Unit.
"We usually can collect about 3,000-4,000 dollars to give to the K-9 Division, said the Assistant Pastor at Grace Baptist Church and Marion Police Department Chaplain Bill Graham.
The proceeds pay for training, new equipment and, this year, a new canine officer to replace Rico, who is retiring.
"He's put in his time, he's slowing down, getting old, said Ricos Handler, Corporal Jeff Hartwig.
Taking Rico and Officer Hartwigs place is Fador and Officer Mitch Walser. They just got back from training and theyre still forming what will be a strong bond that exists between handler and dog.
"You see these handlers do their job when they're back here and it looks kind of easy. It's like you tell the dogs, 'Hey go search' and they go do it. And it's not as easy as it looks, said Officer Walser.
Since handlers and their dogs are often in danger, the bond they share is a special one. But for Rico and Officer Hartwig, that relationship doesnt end today.
At the end of the day, Marion will sign Rico over to Hartwig and their relationship will go from partners to owner and pet.
"Having him nine years, I would hate to have to give him up, said Officer Hartwig. And being able to take him home, it'll be good for him and for the family."