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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

December 16, 2008
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Apalachee Correctional Institution K-9 Team locates another Alzheimer’s victim

It was another successful find for Apalachee Correctional Institution’s (ACI’s) Sgt. Charles Sneads, Sgt. Adam Mercer and Ofc. Travis Hatcher, along with K-9 “Man.”

On December 8, 2008 the K-9 team from ACI was summoned by the Decatur County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office to track an Alzheimer’s victim who had wandered away from the assisted living home where he resided.  The elderly gentleman had been missing for approximately three hours.  Sgt. Sneads, Sgt. Mercer, Ofc. Hatcher and K-9 “Man” located the man and he was safely returned to his residence. 

The K-9 Teams from Apalachee CI and Jackson CI have been working together for the past year in assisting local law enforcement agencies with the apprehension of fleeing felons as well as cases like the one described above.

“I believe these people named here should be commended for their exemplary service to the Department.  Truthfully speaking, their dedicated efforts in the performance of their jobs often go above and beyond the call of duty.  These people go at various hours, day and night.  They often risk their lives and the lives of their K-9 partners to help ensure public safety.  This year alone these two teams have answered approximately 140 calls for assistance to law enforcement which have resulted in seven arrests in three homicides, and one attempted homicide.  We applaud these unsung heroes,” said ACI Warden John Palmer.

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