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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sgt. Chris Holmes and Cazo -- Heroes in the Community, Favorite Classroom Visitors!
Cazo will chew on his toy, but he would rather play tug!
Cazo really likes fourth grade.
Cazo enjoys posing with his friends.
I visited three schools in the last 10 days and learned something new every time. That's because D.C. Fire Department's Sgt. Chris Holmes, and his canine partner Cazo, accompanied me to each of those visits. Like the fourth and fifth graders who enjoyed the presentations, I was amazed every time I saw the photos of Chris and Cazo high atop a pile of rubble in Haiti; tethered from a helicopter hanging in mid-air; and on a small boat in the dark on the Anacostia. I can't imagine riding in a helicopter, let alone jumping out of one AND holding my dog -- I don't think Nigel would be up for the dare-devil activity either. But that's what Chris and Cazo do -- in order to rescue someone lost deep in the Shenandoah National Forest, they are lowered to the ground from a hovering helicopter. Chris delivers a serious presentation about fire safety and rescue work, but you can't help but laugh when Cazo interrupts, insisting on another game of tug. Chris gently tells Cazo platz. The smart, working dog is totally bilingual. No doubt there are many tug games during the off hours.