First Responder Salutes K9 Officers

News 12 has been saluting the First Responders here in the tri-state area for two years now. These heroic men and women deserved the extra recognition they got. We feature two members of that group who have a really different kind of responsibility.

It’s K9 officers Turbo and Cibo…our first responders of the month.

Some heroes don’t put their pants on one leg at a time. In fact, some don’t wear pants at all. This month’s heroes are two of the indispensable K-9’s of Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Meet deputy Joe Sanchez and his partner Turbo…who has special skills.

DEPUTY JOE SANCHEZ, K-9 DEPUTY, Ham. CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT: “Because they do things that you and I can’t do. Uh, they sniff better than we do and they run and they apprehend people quicker than we can and they go in places where we can’t go.”

Turbo lives with Deputy Sanchez and his family. They are ready to go any time day or night.

SANCHEZ: “They recognize odors that we don’t, so they can alert to uh, something that is in the vehicle that we can’t see, uh, based on their, – yes, narcotics – based on what their indication then we can get a, we can have probable cause to search a car or we get a search warrant if we need to.”

Deputy Andred Voss says his K9 partner, Cibo believes the department gets many benefits from the highly trained animals.

ANDREW VOSS: “He definitely makes it easier. It’s a lot of work to keep him up and his training up, but it’s worth every bit of it.”

Deputy Voss accepts his and Cibo’s role of responding 24 hours a day.

VOSS: “It’s a partnership, um, it’s the best partnership I’ve had, it’s the closest to a partner I’ve ever been, um, you know, I spend more time with him than I do my family.”

LT DOUG WILSON IN: “It’s not just a 8 hour job and go home, these guys are dedicated, they take care of the dogs off duty, uh, year round, uh, always subject to call out, it takes, well it takes a special dog but it also takes a special deputy to do that job.”

It’s a special event for New 12 Now to recognize and honor the Hamilton county Sheriff’s department K9’s, Turbo and Cibo. We hope you never have to meet them in person.

“At Wettermark Keith, we are so proud of this month’s First Responder’s winner, but we are also proud of the hundreds of other first responders who are out there working every day and every night to protect us and our families.”

Categories: Bradley County, Chattanooga, First Responder Award, Local News

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