EDITORIAL: Bloodhounds train at senior home
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
In the midst of this this opiod crisis, it makes sense for all emergency personnel to carry the drug.