Kentucky National Guard K-9 Unit Helps Rescue Kentuckians in Aftermath of Severe Flooding


Credit: Kentucky National Guard

As relief and recovery efforts continue in eastern Kentucky in the aftermath of the severe flooding that left a path of destruction last month, the Kentucky National Guard has been committed to providing assistance to residents. One special member of the Kentucky National Guard, K-9 Callie, spent 36 hours in late July searching alongside the team on ground, boat, and helicopter, according to Southern Living. Callie has been working very hard doing her part of the search and has assisted in the rescue of 15 Kentuckians and two dogs.

Callie is based out of the Kentucky National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing. Working with her handler Kentucky Air National Guard Master Sgt. Rudy Parsons, and the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Callie, who is trained in finding survivors, was a hero among heroes. After her 36 hours of searching, she is now taking a much needed rest. 

The Kentucky National Guard along with numerous other organizations have been on the ground in eastern Kentucky where severe flooding devastated several communities in late July. Hundreds of people remain unaccounted for and at least 37 deaths have heartbreakingly been reported. The destruction has turned many communities into hard-to-reach areas, but rescue workers are dedicated to getting through the barriers to reach those in need of help. Along with the Kentucky National Guard, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Blessing, World Central Kitchen, Save the Children and other humanitarian aid organizations have been on the ground helping relief and recovery efforts move forward. 

With the impressive teamwork of rescue and relief workers, including the National Guard’s K-9 Unit, the people of Kentucky are able to hold on to hope. The humanitarian aid that has been provided by numerous organizations is a strong symbol of the love and compassion that is shared with others, lifting them up with the strength of faith when times are tough. 


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