Officer And Her K-9 Partner Just Finished Training, Then Saved A Life Their First Day On The Job!

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A St. Charles County police officer and her K-9 partner are being hailed as heroes after helping to find a missing teenager with special needs.

Believe it or not, this was the pair’s first day on the job together!

They received the call Sunday evening about a teen with autism who had gone missing from a family member’s apartment in O’Fallon, Missouri. The teen was nowhere to be found, and many busy roads were nearby, which made the situation even scarier.

That’s when Officer Courtney Spiess and her Hanoverian Hound K-9 partner, Tank, came to the rescue, just one day after they had completed their training.

During their training, they were specially trained to find narcotics, suspects and missing people. They were put to the test the next day, and clearly passed with flying colors!

“He absolutely loves going to work. As soon as I put his harness on him he knows we’re going to be tracking a person and you can see his face change. He’s ready to go,” Spiess told KSDK.

It only took the duo less than five minutes to find the teen, who they then returned safely to his family.

Tank is one of only about 60 Hanoverian Hounds in the country working as police dogs. And he’s amazing at was he does! Way to go, Tank!

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.