Alaska Search Dog Memorial – 2007 Ten Year Anniversary
Search and Rescue dog teams respond to requests by Alaska State Troopers to help locate lost and missing people 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In all weather conditions and to remote backcountry locations, on average, volunteer dog teams assist troopers every two weeks in searching avalanche debris, lakes and rivers and the vast Alaska wilderness. In addition, dog teams assist AST and other local investigation units looking for individuals who have become victims of foul play or of their own volition.
On Oct. 20, 2007 search dog handlers, search volunteers, and K-9 teams from law enforcement agencies got together at the Alaska Search and Rescue Dog Memorial in front of the Alaska State Troopers headquarters in Anchorage. On this 10-year anniversary of the memorial, 25 dogs from across Alaska were recognized with dog tags and ribbons. Dog tags were created for each dog and people participated by tying a tag with a yellow ribbon to the tree.
Notably, half a dozen AST and various police department K-9 teams came to recognize the efforts of the volunteer handlers and their search dog companions. Also, The Department of Public Safety gave a commendation recognizing the efforts of search dogs and their handlers across the state.
The Alaska State Troopers rely heavily upon volunteer search and rescue individuals, and their canine partners, who participate on over 750 searches a year across the state of Alaska.
They leave the world and their human partners too soon.