FRK9 Jack is a 15-month old Golden Retriever. Jack is a Service Dog in Training, placed with Fairfax County Police Department to assist First Responders and the community. Jack currently suffers from seizures, the root cause of which we are uncertain. To protect Jack's health, and continued support and longevity in the FRK9 program. Jack will be traveling to Mount Laurel Animal Hospital in Mt Laurel Township, NJ to undergo a MRI. It is imperative we work to identify the cause and diagnose the issue in hopes of establishing a treatment plan that will help Jack continue to provide the love and assistance he has brought to so many within the Fairfax County Police Department, and beyond.
Below are just brief examples, from his Mentor, of the impact that FRK9 Jack has had within the community.
"I realized from the beginning of the program, the impact the dogs would have on not only our officers, but the community we serve. Jack and I are deployed to critical or traumatic events, employee interventions, meet & greets with community residents, businesses and organizations. When we arrive at Special Olympic events, there is no shortage of smiles, from the participants to their families, and from organizers of the events or even bystanders. When he greets someone, even for a few minutes, you can see a change in that person’s face, a slight reaction, a subtle smile, that makes it all worth it. "
"I had FRK9 Jack for only three weeks when I responded as a Peer supervisor to a double murder-suicide critical incident. Officers from two stations responded to an active, fluid and chaotic scene. When the scene was finally under control and the responding officers and detectives were able to debrief at the station, it was there I saw how valuable the program was even in its infancy. I sat there and watched the officers interact with Jack, actively seek Jack out, and in doing so emotionally decompress, even for those few minutes with him, and realized just how important it was to do everything we can to help our troops. The feedback during and after that event was nothing but positive, and I never realized just how many people would be asking Jack to visit their roll calls, their stations, or just individual officers as often as the requests came to me. Being the face of the program, he is nothing short of a superstar. "