EDITORIAL: Bloodhounds train at senior home

York Dispatch
  • Teen's nonprofit aids Haiti residents, girl's program.
  • City firefighters save a life with Naloxone.

Thumbs Up: To the collaboration between Country Meadows of York and Lewisberry-based Summit Search and Rescue Inc. who teamed-up for a bloodhound training session last week.

K-9 Briggs, a bloodhound with Summit Search and Rescue, visits with Country Meadows of York resident Wilda Laughman, 87, after "finding" her during a training session, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

Nursing and retirement communities, with a nearly overwhelming number of scents, provide the perfect setting for training bloodhounds, according to Terri Heck, who owns the search and rescue with her husband, Jim.

Residents posed as lost Alzheimer’s patients inside the continuing-care facility. The Heck’s dogs got a sniff of a personal item and tracked them down.

The dogs got a treat.

Bloodhounds train to find missing elderly residents

And the residents got a treat as well, interacting with the highly trained pooches.

Truly a mutually beneficial partnership.

Thumbs Up: To Taylor Pratte, the 15-year-old Springettsbury Township girl who created the nonprofit Fore Change.

The group has raised more than $35,000 which has either gone to help people in Haiti learn to farm their own food or to Haven Home for Girls a maternity group home for pregnant young girls.

Commonwealth Charter Academy student Taylor Pratte, 15, of Springettsbury Township, talks about her nonprofit organization Fore Change. at her home Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Fore Change, was started in 2012, by Pratt along with family and friends, with a mission of eliminating hunger by providing food, seeds for planting, and the knowledge of farming: thus, creating sustainable change. For more information, or ways to get involved please visit forechange.org. Amanda J. Cain photo

Taylor started Fore Change after her church asked children in the congregation what they were going to do to make the world better.

"It's really kept the world in perspective," Taylor said. "Having the organization keeps it in my mind, 'Wow, we really have a lot here.'"

In addition to raising money for those two organizations, Taylor and others who are a part of Fore Change try to donate their time to another local charity each month.

An 11-year-old's vision 'Fore Change'

"I hope to see more kids being generous with their time in the future," Taylor said. "That would be cool."

Seeing volunteerism from area teens not only helps the kids but inspires the community.

Thumbs Up: To the York City firefighters who administered the opiate overdose-reversal drug Naloxone to save a life just three days after they began to carry it.


firefighters were dispatched on an unresponsive person call where they had to give a double-dose of the drug to revive the patient.

York County probation officers and officers with the York City School District Police Department also carry naloxone.

York City Fire Chief David Michaels said he was very pleased that his department was able to save the individual.

York City firefighters save first overdose victim

In the midst of this this opiod crisis, it makes sense for all emergency personnel to carry the drug.