ALBANY, N.Y. – Thirteen K-9s and their handlers graduated from the
State Police Academy Tuesday.
The graduation came after 20 weeks of extensive training,
and Albany County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Martel and his K-9 Moe were among the
"A lot of physical fitness for us, and then we get the dogs
and they get a lot of physical fitness," Martel said of their training. "A lot
of hikes through the hills of Cooperstown."
The training of police canines and their handlers include
running down perpetrators and sniffing out drugs or explosives. Sniffing out
explosives is Moe's specialty. Martel also has first-hand experience.
"I'm retired from the Army National Guard," he said. "I had
two tours of Iraq. In my first tour, we had two soldiers in my company that
died from IEDs."
It's tradition for K-9s to be named after police officers
who have passed away. Moe is named after retired Senior Investigator Maureen
McGuire who passed away from cancer two years ago.
McGuire's family was able to meet K-9 Moe after the
"It's an honor to have the dog named after her, and it's a
nice legacy knowing that the dog will work in a job that Maureen loved her
entire life," McGuire's sister, Eileen Feeley, said.
And that's a legacy that both Moe and Deputy Martel are
proud to continue.
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