Eagle Scout Project Benefits Crystal K-9
Crystal has a new K-9 named Leo who is officially on the job. He finished up with training last week and got to check out the K-9 training field in Crystal for the first time on Thursday night.
“We’re training every day with these dogs,” explained officer Caleb Selin, who is Leo’s handler. “There’s no day off with these animals, just to make sure they are up to par and everything. So, we’re out here.”
Leo is the second K-9 for the Crystal Police Department. Rocco, the first, retired at the end of 2018.
Eagle Scout Project Benefits K-9s
Leo and Officer Selin got to also see future Eagle Scout Nathan Karnick put the finishing touches on revamped equipment for the K-9 field. Karnick wanted to do something to help the K-9s, so he replaced deteriorating wood on some of the structures and replaced other structures entirely.
“The catwalk was pretty much done on the first day of assembly,” explained Karnick. “It’s so exciting. I couldn’t be happier.”
Karnick says it took two days to complete the project that he plans to submit to earn his Eagle Scout status, which is the highest rank in Scouts BSA. He learned a lot about lumber and says it was great to do something for the community too.
His grandfather, Randy Eberling, was on hand for the final installment.
“He’s shown very good leadership,” said Eberling, the proud grandfather. “He did a good job and kept everyone in line.”
Several local departments use the K-9 training field.