Jerry and Gypsy receive Dallas
Police Department award
MARK-9 is a non-profit canine search and rescue
organization, providing search services to any fire, police, or government
agency requesting their assistance in the D/FW area. They dispatch their
dog and handler teams to assist in search and rescue efforts
whenever people are lost, missing, or in danger. Mark-9's area is greater
D/FW, but has served all of Texas, with responses into NM, OK, AR, and LA.
All their dog and handler teams are highly skilled
to search in specific situations, but many are cross-trained to provide a
variety of services.
MARK-9 is an all-volunteer organization. They
pride themselves on training and searching as volunteers committed to
professional standards. Apart from the team, many of their members have
working backgrounds as first-responders, in the military, in medical fields,
aviation, dog training, scuba, amateur and commercial broadcasting,
construction safety and crime investigation. Apart from that background,
they have a common concern for humankind, a drive to serve, and a love and
respect for the working dog.
They have worked small neighborhood searches and
full-scale national disasters, searching for a single elderly Alzheimer's
patient or an entire community devastated by storm. The boy in the creek,
the missing teen, or the child who pushed out the screen door and strayed.
They were part of the recovery team for the astronauts of the shuttle Columbia.
A SAR team takes dedication. MARK-9 trains
approximately 51 weeks a year, 3-5 hours per week, nights and weekends. It
is not uncommon for them to search all day one day and train the next. A
good team never rests on the search experience behind it — as with a crisis or
emergency response team of any sort, they have to think ahead, train ahead,
learn from their past searches, and think forward to new forms of peril and new
MARK-9 Search and Rescue is a 501(c) non-profit
organization. Contributions may be made to the
or left with Jerry at the Rogers Hotel Barber Shop. Please make checks to
"MARK-9 Search and Rescue."