Date: October 13, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Sheriff's Office K-9 Team Places Third in National K-9 Trial

The Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit participated in the United States Police Canine Association National K-9 Field Trials held in Punta Gorda, Florida, this week. The Polk County Sheriff's Office unit placed third overall in the week long event. 

The unit members representing the Sheriff's Office include Deputy Sheriff Herb Bennet and K-9 Cezar, Deputy Sheriff Jim Bryan and K-9 Ruger, Deputy Sheriff Tonya Bussiere and K-9 Maros and Deputy Sheriff Matt Williams and K-9 Rocky. 

Law enforcement canine teams from throughout the United States participated in the trial. 

The following team members received awards for their individual performance: 

* D/S Herb Bennett and K-9 Cezar placed 17th overall out of 163 competitors. 
* D/S Jim Bryan and K-9 Ruger placed 20th overall out of 163 competitors. 

For more information about the Sheriff's Office K-9 unit, or to attend a K-9 training, please call Sgt. Steve Pry at (863) 534-0980.

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