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Physicians' Generous Donation

Destin, FL (October 15, 2009) – Today in Destin, two prominent surgeons' formally presented Nero's leash to the Walton County Sheriff's Office. Nero is a sixteen-month-old Dutch Sheppard, who is the newest member of the Sheriff's Office to take a "bite out of Crime".

Dr. William Burden and Dr. L. Scott Ennis of Destin Plastic Surgery donated over six-thousand dollars to purchase this needed K-9 officer. Nero is now out of the academy after completing an intensive, 410 hours of certification training.

Nero now joins three drug K-9 officers at the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. says "Walton County has the unenviable distinction of having a large number of clandestine meth labs in the state, and our K-9 officers provide a valuable resource in locating them".

Nero will be pared with Walton County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Chad Biernacki. In the future, they will be involved in highway interdiction efforts; supporting Road Patrol Deputies; investigations on search warrants, which will include traffic stops, scent tracking, and drug searches in schools'.

Dr. Burden says "We felt it was important to make this contribution as both members of this community and parents". The Walton County Sheriff's Office does a tremendous job and we know Officer Nero will be an asset to their office."

In coming weeks, expect to see Deputy Biernacki and Nero helping to keep the streets safe in Walton County.

Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis donate the money for a K-9 Office Dr. Burden and Dr. Ennis donate the money for a K-9 Office

(Left) In the photo from left to right: Walton Co. Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr., Dr. L. Scott Ennis, Dr. William Burden, Walton Co. Sheriff's Deputy Nick Bearden, Nero, and Walton Co. Sheriff's Lt. Mike Howell.
(Right): Picture of Walton Co. Deputy Chad Biernacki & Nero - A working team.

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