Polk County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Jon D. Burcham and his K-9 bloodhound partner "Elvis" have been named the "2002 Florida Missing Children's Trailing Team of the Year."
The award, given by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board, recognizes the K-9 team's "outstanding work in numerous cases resulting in the location and recovery of missing children."
On Sept. 9, 2002, Deputy Burcham and K-9 Elvis will be honored in Tallahassee at a formal ceremony marking Florida Missing Children's Day. Governor Jeb Bush will preside over the events being held at the State Capitol.
"Thank you for caring for the safety of our children," wrote Bill Hebrook, chairman of the advisory board, in a letter congratulating the pair for being named "Trailing Team of the Year."
One specific case considered by the award committee was an incident in which Deputy Burcham and Elvis tracked a missing 9-year-old girl a total of four miles, leading investigators to a residence that became pivotal in locating the young girl. Even after a 3-hour time lapse, K-9 Elvis was able to track the girl, who had been transported by vehicle on major highways at a high rate of speed.
K-9 Elvis is a 3-year-old bloodhound, who has been with PCSO for 2 years. He is specially trained in scent discrimination tracking.
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