Two children, both aged 8, went missing into the woods of Powhatan, Virginia on March 23. Their families and relatives desperately searched for them for around 45 minutes, but were prevented to continue because it started getting dark and they didn’t have the resources or the equipment needed. That’s when they asked the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office for help. Minutes after they got the call, deputies along with the K-9 officer Bane continued searching for the children who were probably confused and scared at that point. Good news came only fifteen minutes after the officers tried locating the missing kids.
After the successful outcome of the search, K-9 Bane proudly posed for a photo that served for the sheriff to spread an important message of how valuable these officers are for the police forces. The thing is that many sheriff’s offices and law enforcement agencies face budgetary cuts and the number of those who opt for the K-9 programs to be kept is not big. The Powhatan officials, however, decided to continue funding this particular program and are proud of it.
“Incidents like last night’s two 8 year old children being lost in the woods are why the Sheriff keeps the program going strong.”
Deputy Quinn Pasi, Bane’s handler, knew the dog was well trained for specific cases such as that of locating missing people, and this search was just a way for him to get even more certain in the abilities of the K-9. Once the children were safe and sound, Pasi and Bane proved that the demanding training the dog had to undergo paid off.
“Within 15 minutes of K-9 Bane entering the woods he was able to track and locate the children,” the sheriff’s office reported.
Once home, the kids explained how they got lost in the first place. According to 8-year-old Chloe Reese, she and her friend were playing in the woods and wandered off too far before they realized they couldn’t find their way home, WRIC-TV reported. Both Chloe and her friend are beyond grateful at Bane for saving their lives.
“Finding a lost child is satisfying in and of itself, but professionally it kind of reassures the training and the time that we put into the program that it’s actually working,” said Pasi.
“So that’s where I get a lot of the satisfaction from beyond the happiness of finding lost children.”