K9 Nacoma has been protecting Vermont since 2011 and he is specifically trained to sniff out explosive materials like bombs or gun powder.
“Not just for bomb, but if someone’s carrying a fire arm inside a school, inside a public establishment, government establishment, the dog will alert to a firearm just as easily as a bomb that’s been reported in a park somewhere,” said Vermont State Trooper and Nacoma’s handler Steve Gelder.
Nacoma is coming to the end of his career as a Police K-9, and as his ninth birthday approaches, so is his retirement.
“I spend more time with Nacoma than I spend with my family. I literally spend every waking minute of my life for the past several years with this dog whether it’s off duty were hanging out at the house, were going for a hike together. Obviously, we work together he sits in the back of my cruiser all the time,” said Gelder.
And although his handler is sad to see his partner retire his replacement is already getting acquainted to the life of a police K9.
“His replacement will start school this fall and once the replacement dog is up to speed then Nacoma can step back and retire and live out that happy life on the porch,” said Gelding
For right now, Trooper Gelder calls the soon to be named pup, Corrie.
“Marjorie is on her birth certificate. I’m going to change the name not really big on Marjorie,” said Gelder.
He is looking for the public’s help in picking a name for this new pooch.
“She’s a smart dog she’ll catch on to any name we decide to call her,” said Gelder.
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