Military K-9 veteran joins ranks of Campbell Co Sheriff's Office

Military K-9 veteran joins ranks of Campbell Co Sheriff's Office

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K-9 Cowboy has been on the job for a week now, donated to the Sheriff's Office thanks to a program through the Marine Corps. K-9 Cowboy has been on the job for a week now, donated to the Sheriff's Office thanks to a program through the Marine Corps.
The Sheriff's Office got Cowboy simply because there have been a number of bomb threats over the last few months at schools like Jellico High School, as well as businesses. The Sheriff's Office got Cowboy simply because there have been a number of bomb threats over the last few months at schools like Jellico High School, as well as businesses.
So as Cowboy hones his skills, students say they're relieved there's a new safety measure. So as Cowboy hones his skills, students say they're relieved there's a new safety measure.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - A military veteran joins the ranks of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, but he's not your everyday deputy.

K-9 Cowboy has been on the job for a week now, donated to the Sheriff's Office thanks to a program through the Marine Corps.

Detection dogs can be trained for many specialties, but Cowboy's career is in explosives and there's no telling how many soldiers' lives he's saved and how many lives he can save right here in East Tennessee.

Cowboy is just five years old, but he's the newest deputy at the Sheriff's Office.

"He loves to work. That's the first thing he does when he gets out of the car, his nose is to the ground," said his handler Captain Jeremy Goins.

This black Labrador retriever's resume is impressive, Cowboy is a Marine Corps veteran serving two tours in Afghanistan, and can sniff 12 different types of explosives.

"He was stationed at Camp Leatherneck, it's in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He was assigned to a marine, where he would be out ahead of a group of marines sniffing, making sure it was safe for them to travel or in the mine fields clearing them," added Captain Goins.

The Sheriff's Office got Cowboy simply because there have been a number of bomb threats over the last few months at schools like Jellico High School, as well as businesses.

"So it's just been a necessity at this time," said Captain Goins.

Having this K-9 deputy should make searches more efficient, more accurate, and faster since in the past the Sheriff's Office has relied on Tennessee Highway Patrol or the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

"Sometimes it takes a few hours to get here so when we're talking about schools, it increases the time that students are out of school with these threats. So now we're going to be able to respond timely and get started right off the bat," said Captain Goins.

So as Cowboy hones his skills, students say they're relieved there's a new safety measure.

"You can never predict when anything is going to happen. Just having that peace of mind is very reassuring," said Jellico High School freshman Ethan Morgan.

The next step for Cowboy is to have him work inside each school and get a feel for the layout.

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