I’ve always been impressed how the national, state and regional fire and police organizations have done a great job of incorporating competition as part of thier professional training.
I’ve had a chance to watch firefighter competitions and they are intense — combining physical endurance and emergency response skills. Try pulling 50′ of hose up 3 flights of stairs wearing full gear in 90 degree heat.
This year, the region’s Police staff organized a K9 competition at Akron Lock 3 to give man’s best friend a taste of competition too. K9 officers from around the Greater Akron area competed in three areas — attacking a suspect, agility, and an obstacle course.
Kent K-9 Officers Marty Gilliland and Jim Ennemoser represented Kent in proud fashion, landing their dogs on the podium and bringing home the hardware. It turns out that Jim and Aiko finished second place in the obedience competition and Marty and Felo finished third place in the criminal apprehension event.
As part of the event’s promotion, one officer led a demonstration in which his dog attacked Channel 3 reporter Eric Mansfield. Here’s a video clip from that portion of the event.