Jackson county’s new K-9 chaplain aims to help de-stress first responders

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore — A new support dog is joining law enforcement agencies in Jackson county, to help first responders cope with the stress of the job.

K-9 Chaplain Taz is a two-year-old lab mix. After two years of training at Canine Angels Service in Grants Pass, he joined the Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains.

The non-profit works across five counties in southern Oregon. They assist police and fire personnel during stressful and traumatic calls.

Taz was assigned and introduced as the service animal for Jackson county this week. According to the organization, the program is a first for the county.

“[Taz] can feel their feelings in the way of being able to know that they’ve been through something stressful,” Chaplain Frazier, handler of Taz, told NBC5. “He just kind of just nuzzles up next to them and they give him some loves.” 

The duo will visit stations every week, along with assisting dispatch on certain calls. Frazier noted that the service is much needed in Jackson county, and they will be available for as long as they can.

“It’s very important for first responders because their jobs now are more stressful than its ever been – in law enforcement and the fire community,” Frazier said. “[Taz] will be with me until he completely retires and then he’ll live with me as a family dog.” 

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Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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