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New Steuben Co. Sheriff K-9
BATH - [WENY] The Steuben County Sheriffs Department welcomed it's newest Deputy to the force earlier today. The new Deputy walks on all fours, loves chew toys, and attention.
Meet Deputy Devin. The 1 year old German Shepard is ready to fight crime and illegal drugs with his handler Steuben Sheriff Deputy Kenneth O'Dell.
But Deputy Devin's name carries on a very important legacy, because Deputy Devin is named after Sergeant Devin Snyder.
U.S. Army Sergeant Snyder of Cohocton N.Y., was killed in 2011 at the age of 20, while serving her county in Afghanistan. Snyder left behind her parents Edward and Dineen Snyder, and 3 siblings.
Deputy Devin was donated to the Steuben County Sheriff's Department from the Sergeant Devin A. Snyder Memorial Foundation.
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole said, "I have great honor publicly to present our new K-9 unit Deputy "Devin", assigned to Deputy O'Dell, and one thing I want to mention is that this is a hard day for me, I am a combat veteran myself, there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about our loved ones that we lose, for the fight for freedom."
Police K-9's are very expensive, and the cost alone prohibits most departments from having them.
Deputy Devin's journey started in Europe, before making his way to his handler Deputy O'Dell.
Deputy Kenneth O'Dell said, "I received him from Holland, he was flown in, we had to pick him up in Cleveland, initially he was pretty daunting because he is such a large dog, but after just a few days, it like he has been my dog for years."
Now that Deputy Devin and Deputy O'Dell are ready to hit the streets , Sergeant Devin Snyder's name and her love for animals lives on.
Edward and Dineen Snyder said, "For this, she is really excited, really excited, she was a big animal lover, that's why we decided on this, she's very happy, she's smiling."
For more information on the Sergeant Devin A. Snyder Foundation and the upcoming ride to remember event. Go to http://www.devinsnyder.com/