By the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station
Palmdale and Lancaster deputies on Jan. 27 had the honor of meeting 9-year-old George Rios, and the terminally ill boy had the opportunity to see one of his many dreams come true.
George, who has cancer, has always dreamed of becoming a K-9 dog handler with the United States Army.
So what did our amazing military do? They made his wish come true!
This past December, local recruiter SFC Armondo Delgado had a special ceremony for George by swearing him in as an Army K-9 dog handler. Then the US military, For Veterans Sake Foundation, Lancaster PetSmart and the LA County Sheriff and Fire departments rallied together to create a “suspicious package” scenario to give George his first assignment as a K-9 handler.
George and his dog “Katie” did an incredible job “sniffing” out the package and ultimately saved the day!
Many community members displayed their support by showing up for George’s first day on the job. It was a great way to make a little boy smile and to witness the community pulling together when someone needs our help.
A special thank you goes out to the For Veterans Sake Foundation for arranging this event. The For Veterans Sake Foundation is an organization that provides alternative solutions to dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For more information, visit http://forveteranssake.org/.