2011-12-08 / Front Page

Public meets new K-9

BY AMANDA DURISH-COOK
810-452-2645  adurish@mihomepaper.com


Officer Tony Greenway and K-9 Knox look on while Police Chief John Benthall thanks the community for their support and fundraising efforts in obtaining the dog. 
Photo by Amanda Durish-Cook Officer Tony Greenway and K-9 Knox look on while Police Chief John Benthall thanks the community for their support and fundraising efforts in obtaining the dog. Photo by Amanda Durish-Cook BURTON — Newest K-9 officer Knox marked his first encounter with enthusiastic Burton residents with a bark.

The German shepherd was led out by handler Officer Tony Greenway into the ELGA Credit Union Administration Building’s community room Tuesday evening for his formal introduction to the public.

The next day, Knox reported for work at the station.

At the meet and greet, the nearly 2-yearold dog was given a moment to prepare in between a car ride and introductions to the community. He sat in front of a paper doghouse backdrop for introductions in a sanctioned off area with signs instructing not to pet or feed him.

“He’s still got a lot of puppy in him,” said Police Chief John Benthall.

Drawings of Knox supplied by Richfield Academy kindergarteners were hung on the walls while hors d’eouvres were provided by Bubba O’Malleys and sweatshirts emblazoned with a paw print and the city of Burton logo were sold at a table.

Knox was brought in from a breeding center in Belgium by Oakland Countybased White Collar Canine, a company that specializes in selecting K-9s. Greenway put together the necessary funds for a trip to Amsterdam to meet Knox before he arrived in Michigan.

Last month, Knox trained for five weeks at the Oakland Police Academy, learning how to track, search land and buildings, turn on aggression on command, and identify narcotics.

“He loves to work,” commented Greenway, who also said the dog was a quick learner with a lot of energy.

The dog resides in Greenway’s home along with wife Rachelle and son Finn, who brought along a stuffed German shepherd toy for the occasion.

Greenway admitted that losing his previous K-9 partner Cade has been “hard.” Cade was killed in a training accident in September.

“He’s got an experienced handler,” said Sgt. Chuck Iddins of Greenway and Knox.

Benthall expressed his gratitude for the people that put together the more than $16,000 to purchase Knox.

“ This has been a tremendous community effort. If it hadn't been for…the entire Burton community this wouldn't have happened. This is a wonderful tribute,” he said.

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