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Deputy, Bloodhound Win National Award
Posted on: 10/26/2012
By  Mike Cullums
 
Washington County sheriff's deputy Keelan McLeish and his bloodhound Beauford received a high national honor yesterday for saving a man's life last spring.
 
McLeish and Beauford are just the 16th recipients since 1993 of The Life Saving Award from the National Police Bloodhound Association.  
 
On a hot day last May, McLeish and his canine located a Belpre Township man who had overdosed on medicine and only had about an hour to get medical help. Thanks to all his training, along with his natural ability, Beauford tracked the man two miles through the woods. He was found in brush, incoherent and barely breathing. A Little Hocking rescue squad rushed the man to Camden-Clark Medical Center. He survived.  

Sheriff Larry Mincks says the man "would certainly have perished if not for Beauford's timely discovery."
 
Beauford is one of only a few sheriff's office bloodhounds in the state. His human partner provides for his care and conducts his extensive training.
 
Good dog!    
 
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