8/28/02

Roy Summerford, 334/844-9999

DOG HANDLERS TO DISCUSS 9-11 SITE SEARCHES DURING VISIT TO AU

AUBURN -- Members of a canine rescue team will visit Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine on Friday (Aug. 30) to describe the "Ground Zero" search efforts of the World Trade Center rubble following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

Members of the K-9 Task Force, K-9 search and rescue handlers from Savannah, Ga., will speak at 10 a.m. at Overton Auditorium. In "K-9 Scenting at Ground Zero," the team members will describe their search for bodies amid the rubble following the World Trade Center attack.

Chief John Frank, Assistant Chief Jason Berrang and canine Morgan are members of the K-9 Task Force. The K-9 Task Force was established in late 1999 to be a total service provider in the field of K-9 search and rescue.

The K-9 Task Force is one of only three organizations on the East Coast with a cadaver dog team, and was one of the first cadaver teams at the scene at Ground Zero.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, K-9 Task Force members have traveled the country to talk about their experiences at Ground Zero.

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CONTACT: Paul Waggoner, AU Canine and Detection Research Institute, 334/844-4541/FAX, 334/844-4206.