If you’ve been to the City-County Building, you may have seen Pete patrolling the grounds. The black lab serves with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. He’s on the job every day, clearing the building of guns, explosives and ammunition.
“You could throw a bullet in baseball field and he’ll find it,” said Pete’s handler Corporal Jeremiah Pool.
But it’s not just Pete’s ability that sets him apart. It’s his experience. Pete served three tours of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corp. He was trained to identify IED’s that threatened his comrades. Pete served so well, that the Marines arranged to have him continue his service here at home.
“To serve three tours of duty in Afghanistan says a lot about the dog himself and the great handlers overseas,” said Pool.
Pete’s experience came at a bargain price for the department. Marion County paid the Marines just $5 for Pete. It’s far less than the thousands it costs to train a bomb dog.
“Used to be a long time ago, they would leave them overseas. Now, they’re bringing them back and giving them to us, because this is what they like to do, this is how they have fun,” said Pool.
Pete left the Marine Corp with the rank of Sergeant. That means he actually outranks his handler in the Department. But instead of pulling rank, Pete just continues to serve and protect with the wag of a tail.