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February 15, 2014

Class learns about military dogs

TIFTON — Students in Gene Fandel’s Public Safety classes watched a film about military service dogs.  Students were especially touched by a story about a Vietnam service dog, Cracker, and his handler, retired Army veteran Robert Himrod.  Cracker was killed in the line of duty while protecting Himrod.  Students wrote letters to the now retired Himrod.  He quickly wrote back and sent the students a picture of himself and Cracker. His letter reads: "I received the letters and comment sheets from your seventh and eighth grade students, concerning their viewing of Cracker's story. I was very touched by your students and their kind and sincere comments. I also thank you for taking the time to mail them to me. I read and reread every one of their papers. I'm glad that your student body is getting a broad overview of our government workings and its history. As you well know, they are our nation's future. Education is the golden key to success."



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