Eagle Scout Candidate Brings First East Texas K9 Training Course to Rusk County

RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — Danielle Harrison is working to become an Eagle Scout, but to do so she had to come up with a project. She saw that there was a need for a K9 training course in East Texas.

“I found out that we didn’t have a police K9 training center in East Texas. So I decided I’d just make one,” said Danielle Harrison, Eagle Scout candidate.

Currently, agents must travel to Dallas at their own expense to train their K9s. That’s why Danielle Harrison chose to make one in Rusk County for her project.

“Since there is nothing like it, it will be great especially to fill the training days. We have to do so many workouts every month and so it will be a good thing to add to our training. Some variety and also fun for the dogs,” said Lucrecia Davidson, K9 officer.

Officer Lucrecia Davidson said she heard about it from an East Texas K9 group and traveled for more than an hour to show her support.

“I just thought it was super cool that it was female and of course it was like my number one. I want to come out and support any woman who is trying to reach that next level,” Davidson said.

On Saturday, Harrison, along with his friends and family, organized the obstacle course.

“I can’t believe it’s really here, and all these people that have come out, they’re so amazing. They really know what they’re doing, and it’s just awesome that they felt pushed to come here,” Harrison said.

Even a few K9 puppies got to try the new course.

“At times I doubted this would actually happen, but now I’m so excited,” Harrison said.

Harrison’s hope is to give officers a closer place to train and earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

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