Summit Co. K-9 tracker saves lives

Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-25 21:18:51-04

SUMMIT COUNTY -- Tank is a bloodhound with Summit County Sheriff's Office with a nose for saving lives.

“They bring skills and tools to our force that we wouldn't have otherwise,” said Sgt. Andrew Wright.

Just last week Tank and his handler, Sgt. Jeremie Forman, were called to a vehicle rollover in Wasatch County.

“I was the first officer there and when I arrived I looked inside there was a lot of blood,” Forman said.

There was no sign of the driver.

That’s when Tank picked up a scent and went to work. In less than five minutes they found the driver and the man was taken to a hospital.

The victim was in critical condition but thanks to Tank, he is still alive.

“We’ve found that these dogs specifically Tank are very useful for these types of situations,” Wright said.

It's the second time this year Forman and his bloodhound have tracked down a victim to help save a life.

“If Tank wouldn’t have been able to locate them so quickly they may have both passed away,” Forman said.

Tank is the only dog in Summit County that is trained specifically to track and in his time of service he has tracked almost a dozen people.

“He’s had many success stories and I know he'll continue to have success stories he is such a good dog and the handler he has they work great together,” Wright said.

Tank has tracked down the most cases in summit County’s K-9 history.