“K-9 HERO AWARDS” PREMIERES THURSDAY, MAY 12 AT 5PM ET ON GAC FAMILY
Special Presentation to Honor America’s Top Performing Police and Military K-9 Heroes
NEW YORK, NY – April 28, 2022 – GAC Family will honor America’s top performing Police and Military K-9 Heroes in an all-new special “K-9 Hero Awards.” Hosted by Larissa Wohl alongside US Army Veteran and certified K-9 Trainer, James Craigmyle, “K-9 Hero Awards” will premiere on GAC Family on Thursday, May 12 at 5pm ET. The special presentation is created in partnership with Project K-9 Hero, an organization dedicated to providing assistance for our nation’s heroic working dogs.
“K-9 Hero Awards” showcases the incredible achievements and devoted service of Police K-9s, Military Working Dogs, Fire Department K-9s and Search and Rescue K-9s at the Local, State and Federal levels. K-9 Heroes are crowned in seven categories: Patrol Apprehension, Narcotics Detection, Tracking and Trailing, Firearms Detection, Search and Rescue, Accelerant Detection, and Explosives Detection. Award winning K-9s in each category will receive free medical coverage for life from Project K-9 Hero.
Project K-9 Hero is a national nonprofit 501c3 organization, whose mission is to provide medical care, food, and death benefit assistance for our nation’s retired Police K-9s and Military Working Dogs. Project K-9 Hero also helps K-9s who need a home after their service, through rehabilitation and adoption. Project K-9 Hero is actively engaged with Members of Congress to pass a law that grants federal funding towards the medical care for retired working dogs through the K-9 Hero Act.
“K-9 Hero Awards” is part of GAC Family’s broadening commitment to quality, pet-centric programming that raises awareness for important causes supporting animal welfare in America. In February, GAC Family announced “Great American Rescue Bowl” a new special slated to air in 2023 which will showcase kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs available for adoption at shelters across the country.
“K-9 Hero Awards” is produced for GAC Family by Pleasant Street Entertainment.
See below for the full list of 2021 K-9 Hero Awards Recipients.
K-9 Hero Awards Recipients:
Patrol Apprehension Award
K-9 Chief/ Nick Stewart
Agency – Moses Lake PD
Moses Lake, WA
Narcotics Detection Award
K-9 Asha/Jaime Garcia
Agency – Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, TX
Explosives Detection Award
MWD Eros/Paige Lewis
Agency – US Army 947th Military Police Detachment (Washington D.C.)
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Firearms Detection Award
K-9 Titan/Daniel Kaase
Agency – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – Dallas Field Division
Search and Rescue Award
K-9 Bella/Barbara Weakley Jones
Agency – Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, KY
Accelerant Detection Award
K-9 Dolley/Bud Herndon
Agency – Loudon County Fire Marshals Office, VA
K-9 Rusty/Chris Robinson
Agency – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, SC
Greenville, South Carolina
K-9 Flash Legacy Award
K-9 Duke/Ed Soares
Agency – Menlo Park PD, California
Menlo Park, California
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