York County's newest K-9 off to training camp
The newest member of the York County Sheriff's Office K-9 Division is getting set to participate in six weeks of training.
Cpl. Corey Strine brought Sgt. Hawk, a 2½-year-old German shepherd from the Czech Republic, to Wednesday's York County Commissioners meeting for introductions.
Sgt. Hawk was purchased with a $15,000 donation from the Hawk Gunning Club, but Strine told commissioners that wasn't how he received his name.
The dog's first name is actually Argo, but the division already had a Capt. Dargo, so they decided to go with the dog's middle name, Tomahawk, to avoid confusing the animals, Strine said.
Hawk's full name is Argo Z. Tomahawk Treshnaka, and he has been with the department for nine weeks.
The training will be held at the Vonderhausgill Police K-9 Academy in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and will include explosions detection, article searches, area searches, building and tracking searches and an obedience certification.
As a new handler, Strine said he's looking forward to the challenge.
"I just think it's a new aspect of my career ... the opportunity to provide the service to the county and to be more of a resource and be involved with a lot of things that I wouldn't be involved in otherwise," he said.
Veterans such as Sheriff's Office Lt. David Godfrey, who has been Capt. Dargo's handler for four years, serve as great resources for him as he moves forward with Sgt. Hawk, Strine said.
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— York Dispatch reporter David Weissman and photographer Amanda Cain contributed to this report.