Every Monday the Clinton Herald spotlights a different profession in our On the Job feature. This week’s story profiled the men, women and animals that comprise Emergency K-9 Operations Inc.-Search and Rescue.

As our reporter wrote, EKO-SAR is a professional, non-profit volunteer K-9 Search and Rescue Team serving eastern Iowa and western Illinois. These handlers and their dogs come to the aid of many area agencies when the unthinkable happens. As these dogs have a powerful sense of smell and the ability to probe nooks and crannies people cannot, the dogs save lives and bring comfort to the families whose friends and relatives are lost or have perished.

While they provide their services at no cost, search and rescue teams are made up of volunteers who pay for their own equipment, training supplies and trips, as well as veterinarian bills. Costs can add up quickly and the group rarely holds fund-raisers to seek assistance in funding their work.

We encourage people who support this mission to send donations to Emergency K-9 Operations Inc., c/o William and Lois Hall, 4021 Valley Oaks Drive, Clinton, IA 52732-9467. It’s a worthy cause.

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