First re­spon­ders’ gear dis­played on He­roes Day

Res­i­dents get to see how their money is spent.

The Times-Tribune - - Local - BY KYLE WIND STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: kwind@timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x5181; @kwindTT on Twit­ter

JES­SUP — Lack­awanna County Deputy Ryan DeLuc­cie told Kato “stel­lan” — Dutch for “bite” — and slapped his hairy part­ner on the haunch.

The 80-pound Bel­gian Mali­nois dog cov­ered about 25 feet in the blink of an eye and sank his teeth into fel­low Deputy Eric Castel­lano, who was pro­tected by a bite sleeve.

The next time the 5-year-old ca­nine sprinted to­ward Castel­lano, DeLuc­cie shouted “af ” — Dutch for “down,” pro­nounced “auf ” — and Kato broke off his at­tack mid-sprint.

“He doesn’t want to (stop) by na­ture, but this is where obe­di­ence comes into play,” DeLuc­cie told dozens of spec­ta­tors who watched the demon­stra­tion Satur­day dur­ing Lack­awanna County’s an­nual He­roes Day. “I don’t ever want him to have to bite any­body. I want his pres­ence alone to be enough of a de­ter­rent.”

Kato is trained as both a pa­trol dog to be highly skilled in ap­pre­hend­ing peo­ple as well as to de­tect ex­plo­sives. Some of his jobs have in­cluded pro­tect­ing pres­i­dents, vice pres­i­dents, sec­re­taries of state and at­tor­neys gen­eral.

The event show­cased nu­mer­ous other emer­gency re­spon­ders and county agen­cies, rang­ing from county agen­cies shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with the pub­lic about the heroin epi­demic to the Penn­syl­va­nia Army Na­tional Guard.

“I think it’s an awe­some op­por­tu­nity to be out with the pub­lic and share with them ex­pe­ri­ences about what we do, and talk to them to see if they have any in­put as far as what we do also,” state po­lice Cpl. Manuel Hicks said.

Many small chil­dren were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by firetrucks and other equip­ment an ar­ray of vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies dis­played — with Tay­lor’s lad­der truck draw­ing the ad­mi­ra­tion of 3-year-old Chase Za­tor, who said he wants to be a fire­fighter when he grows up.

“He’s crazy with firetrucks,” his grand­mother Carolyn Za­tor of Arch­bald said. “He has about 30 or 40 firetrucks at my house. At his other grandma’s house, he had an­other big ride-on firetruck.”

Tay­lor fire­fighter Ray Mochan en­joyed show­ing the pub­lic the depart­ment’s truck whose 100-foot lad­der was fully ex­tended and all of its ameni­ties, in ad­di­tion to the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with peo­ple.

“Peo­ple also won­der where their do­na­tions and tax dol­lars go to,” Mocher added. “Now you ac­tu­ally get to see it.”

JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Bray­den Noone, 2, of Scran­ton sits in the driver’s seat of the Jes­sup Hose Com­pany 1’s truck dur­ing the sev­enth an­nual He­roes Day at Lack­awanna County’s 911 Cen­ter in Jes­sup on Satur­day.

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