By Heather Clower
The Parsons Advocate

After a grueling two hundred and eighty hours of training a new officer has joined the Tucker County Sheriff squad. K-9 Deputy Gabor, an approximately year and a half old German Shepherd, has partnered up with Deputy Taylor Zirk to aid in the protection of the citizens in Tucker County.

Gabor was imported from Czechoslovakia territory to a kennel in Pennsylvania who specializes in training service dogs.  The Tucker County Sheriff’s Department determined the attributes they desired from a K-9 officer and the kennel selected five candidates that filled those requests.  Zirk along with a K-9 trainer from Preston County travelled to Pennsylvania to observe these animals in action and to allow Zirk the opportunity to work alongside them.  It was extremely important to see which dog Zirk bonded with in order to set the team up for success.  At the end of the day, Gabor chose Zirk to be his new handler. Zirk expressed…

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