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WCSO K9 team takes top award at state trials

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Wilson County Sheriff's Sgt. Robin Curtis and his K-9 partner Rocky took home some top honors during the recent Region 13 PD-1 Trials, competing with 28 other dogs from across the region.

Curtis and Rocky took first place in criminal apprehension, third place in obedience and - for the second time - won the coveted Jimmy D. Anderson Memorial Award for the highest combined scores in apprehension and obedience. The duo previously won the award in 2012 after winning second place overall, first in criminal apprehension and second in obedience. In 2011, Curtis and Rocky also won second place in criminal apprehension.

"Rocky has an unbelievable desire to please with a huge drive to work," Curtis said of his partner, with whom he has worked since 2009. "It's been a great pleasure to work with Rocky. He's a one-of-a-kind dog."

According to Curtis, Rocky has apprehended four criminals on the street over the years in Wilson County and also assisted other nearby agencies. The eight-year-old Belgian Malinois has detected "well over a million dollars' worth" of narcotics and currency, Curtis added.

"This office is extremely lucky, and we are proud to have such a talented team," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "Those who benefit the most are the people of Wilson County who can be assured they have a superior K-9 partnership working for them."

Rocky will continue to work "as long as he is healthy and able," Curtis said. "After he retires, I probably won't get another partner. I really can't see myself working another K-9 after being with such an exceptional dog for so long."

Rocky was raised and trained by Dean Hunter, owner of Hendersonville-based Canine Command. Dean trains K-9 dogs for Hendersonville, Springfield and Gallatin police departments as well as others.

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