Daniel and Ellie recently rescued a father and his 3-year-old daughter after they got lost in the woods near George Weaver Drive and River Road.
The man called 911 around 7:40 p.m. on March 31 after he lost his bearings while taking a walk near his home.
Daniel and Ellie found the pair approximately a mile and a half from where they had entered the woods. Both were uninjured.
The search lasted approximately one hour.
“That was her first ‘find’ that wasn’t training related,” Daniel said.
Daniel added that he is not aware of any other department in the area that currently has a tracking dog at its disposal.
In addition to Daniel and Ellie, CPD has a narcotics dog that was added to the force in October.
Officer Tony Reid is the partner for Sea Doo, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois owned by the city.
Ellie is a German Shepherd-Labrador mix and belongs to Daniel.
Sea Doo works every shift with Reid, but Ellie is only called in as the need arises.
“It’s an asset to have a dog that we can utilize if somebody goes missing or wanders away from home as in this case,” Chief Nick Smith said.
Smith also commended Daniel for the dedication he has shown since joining the reserve program last year.
“Alex has done a really good job with us. He has a lot of certifications that he brings to the table, and we have gotten him some other training along the way,” Smith said.