A Greenfield Police comfort dog has returned from the one-year anniversary observance of the Las Vegas concert shooting.
22News got the opportunity to meet with Greenfield K9 Officer Clarence, whose reassuring touch brings comfort to people in need.
Greenfield Police Officer Laura Gordon returned from Las Vegas this week, along with K9 Clarence.
The two went to Vegas to offer a hand and a paw in the healing process for individuals and first responders for the 1-year anniversary of the Las Vegas concert shooting that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others.
“We actually were able to sit down and connect with two sisters that had lost their mother on that day,” Officer Gordon told 22News. “They connected with the dog and we spent quite a bit of time with them.”
Officer Gordon told 22News, it’s the K9s who do all of the work, bridging the gap from a traumatic event to finding mental health support.
“It could be as simple as a hug with the dog, talking to the dog, or even Clarence giving his paw to someone, which he does quite often,” Officer Gordon added.
The seven-year-old St. Bernard joined the police force in 2015, serving six months before taking a break and returning this past June, alongside Officer Donut, a Saint Bernard pup.
Officer Gordon told 22News a St. Bernard’s calm nature helps people experiencing anxiety.