Crèche children meet search and rescue dog

2015-11-12 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Sergeant Rommel da Rosa introduces Heeva to the toddlers at Starting Block.

PHOTO: supplied Sergeant Rommel da Rosa introduces Heeva to the toddlers at Starting Block.

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WELL-KNOWN “police couple”, Sergeant Rommel da Rosa and search and rescue dog, Heeva, from Port Shepstone K9 unit, visited the Starting Block crèche in Izotsha on Thursday accompanied by SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid from Ugu Cluster Corporate Communication.

Da Rosa enchanted the young ones with tales of how they find missing children when called out to do so.

To prove this, Heeva was given the task of searching for a “missing” teacher who hid behind one of the buildings, and, after following the scent of the teacher, Heeva located her and brought her back to the excited pupils.

The children also received SAPS colouring-in books.

Heeva is a four-year-old Belgian Shepherd trained to do search and rescue work with her handler, Da Rosa. They have been a team for the past three years and have retrieved many drowning victims and located missing persons along the way.

“With the summer holidays on our doorstep, parents and care-takers are cautioned to be extra vigilant­ when going to the beach, shopping malls or when camping.

“Always ensure that young children are under your immediate protection and where you can see them at all times,” said Wiid.

- Supplied.

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