Henderson Police K9 Team Tackles More Than Competition

An award-winning police dog and his handler strut their stuff in Henderson, fresh off a fourth-place finish in a regional competition.

A young officer and his amped-up German Shepard form the team trained to catch criminals.

Henderson Police Officer, Kyle Stone and his K9 Exo finished near the top out of nearly 30 competitors at the U.S. Police Canine Association field trials last week.

The good show comes as no surprise to Stone as it builds on a bond already 3 years strong.

He's an officer sworn to serve, a partner and protector willing to lay it all on the line, but above all he’s a best friend. Stone has been on the force for just 4 years, and has had Exo for most of the time. Exo came to Henderson from Slovakia and placed with Stone at 15 months old.

The competition tested narcotics detection, patrol, and tracking by focusing on obedience, searches, agility, and apprehension. Skills right up Exo’s alley.

“His drive helps build my drive and push me to do different things,” Stone says. “If he wants to work then I have to work to keep him happy.”

Stone and Exo beat out other teams from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office K9 finished fifth in the same competition.

“I really don't get worried or nervous during competition,” says Stone, “it’s just how good is he going to do?”

Exo has grown into his bite, and was never born with fear. Together, their bond is hard to break and the team is hard to stop.

“He’s not afraid of anything,” Stone smiles, “and that's how come he ends up getting hurt quite a bit!” he adds with a laugh.


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