Who is FRK9 Brooks?
FRK9 Brooks is a Service Dog in Training. He is with the Arlington County PD in Arlington VA where for the next 2 years, he will train and socialize with his handler, Officer R. Ryan who is assigned to the Community Outreach Unit. FRK9 Brooks is there to engage with the community and help to complete his training. While with the police department, FRK9 Brooks will also assist with Officer Wellness through de-escalation of strong emotions and stress that are often an inherent part of policing.
FRK9 Brooks is named in honor of Fire Chief Norman Brooks, Sr., who dedicated his life to serving and helping others. Chief Brooks, Sr. served the Spotsylvania community and positively impacted lives for 47 years, until his passing on February 13, 2019.
Why do we need your HELP?!!
On the afternoon of 27 August Allison was contacted by Arlington FRK9 Handler, Officer, Regina Ryan. Ofc. Ryan was volunteering at a food pantry earlier in the day and when she arrived home to pick up Brooks to go into work she noticed his breathing was not right. He was awake but making sounds of snoring. She sent a video of this to Allison and was then instructed to get him to the nearest veterinary clinic. As they got into the car his breathing became more labored. He was taken to Clarendon Veterinary Hospital where Dr. Gloor immediately took him back and started examining him. It was discovered that Brooks’ airway was 90% blocked, and measures to sedate and force oxygen via a breathing tube were quickly taken. At that point Dr. Gloor contacted Allison stating that Brooks needed to get to an emergency vet. Dr. Gloor called around and Friendship Hospital in DC had the availability and specialized staff on hand to take him. Under heavy sedation with a breathing tube Brooks was then transported by Ofc. Ryan, accompanied by a LVT (Alex Leslie) to Friendship Hospital in DC, where he was met by the Critical Care Specialist, Dr. Theis. Upon examination of FRK9 Brooks, Dr. Thies stated one of his salivary glands and the tissue in his throat was severely swollen (the cause for this is unknown), Dr. Theis stated, oftentimes they are not able to establish a cause for why this happens in dogs that have not had a traumatic injury (no signs/indications that a traumatic injury occurred). The surgeon performed a procedure to remove some of the soft tissue that was swollen to further open his airway, in hopes of being able to remove the breathing tube. The procedure was successful. He was in ICU overnight last night (where he remains today) to continuously monitor his airway and breathing. The Critical Care Specialist that is providing his care today is, Dr. Calabro, who has reported he remained in stable condition overnight. At noon today Brooks underwent a CT scan to obtain additional information as to what may have caused the swelling, but no definitive conclusions were drawn from the imaging. This afternoon, Brooks’ condition has rapidly improved and prognosis is good. Your Prayers and assistance will ensure he remains on the path to a full recovery!!!