INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A Danville resident and veteran graduated from a service dog school in Pennsylvania with his new companion Norm.
Larry Stipe is a veteran, and worked as a K9/SWAT officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for many years after retiring from the military.
While serving overseas, Stipe suffered a chemical exposure and developed a condition similar to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS.
Due to his condition, he uses a power wheelchair most of the time.
His service dog, a 2-year-old black Labrador named Norm, is fully trained to assist Stipe with physical tasks like picking things up off the ground, opening and closing doors, paying cashiers and more.
Norm even learned how to lay on Stipe’s arm to help lessen muscle spasms.
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