Signals Milestone For Explosives Detection Canine Program
By Shane Nolan
April 5, 2011 - The Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) Puppy Program Monday announced the
birth of Dolan, its 500th puppy. As part of TSA's
Explosives Detection Canine Team efforts, the Puppy
Program names each of the puppies after a 9/11 victim to
honor their memory and this puppy was named after Capt.
Robert Edward Dolan Jr., who lost his life in the attack
on the Pentagon.
"My children and I are very excited to have a puppy
named in Bob's memory," said Lisa Dolan, wife of the
late Captain Dolan. "Bob began his military career as an
explosives ordnance expert. When he was killed at the
Pentagon, he was working on Homeland Defense, and so it
very fitting to have one of the TSA puppies named for
our hero, Captain Bob Dolan.
?Knowing "Puppy Dolan" will one day be an explosives detection canine in the service of our country is reassuring. Dolan's future career keeping travelers safe is a fitting addition to Bob's legacy of freedom."
|King, named for a New York City firefighter who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sniffs out cargo bound for passenger planes in his job with the Transportation Security Administration.|
out of Lackland Air Force Base since 2002, TSA's canine program
selectively breeds and prepares puppies to be future explosives
detection dogs that are assigned to airports and mass transit
systems throughout the country.
Approximately half of the 500 puppies bred by TSA are working as
detection dogs for federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies or have been selected as breeders for the program. The
puppies are named to honor those who lost their lives on
September 11, 2001, or who are fighting for our freedom
proud that the program has provided hundreds of world class
puppies over the past nine years," said TSA Administrator John
S. Pistole. "Our dogs continue to perform at a high level and
enhance TSA's explosives detection capabilities in
transportation systems nationwide."
component of the program's success is the volunteers that TSA
relies on to help raise the puppies. After screening and an
orientation, volunteer families in central
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