Greenfield police comfort dog helps out in Pittsburgh after mass shooting

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A comfort dog with the Greenfield Police Department played a helping hand in Pittsburgh last week following the mass shooting that killed 11 people.

According to the Greenfield Police Department, police dog Clarence spent the week in Pittsburgh with his handler Lieutenant William Gordon.

Lt. Gordon and Clarence worked directly with the Pittsburgh Police Member Assistance Program and Pennsylvania state police during a stress debriefing for officers and staff who were called to the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Gordon told 22News, “The dogs really help calm people in situations that have a lot of anxiety in it. Shootings, fatal fires, car accidents. Anything that has a lot of grief, the dogs help lower the grief.”

Eleven people were killed just over a week ago when 46-year-old Robert Bowers walked into the synagogue and open fired. 

This is not the first time Clarence has worked with people after a mass tragedy.

Clarence also traveled to Las Vegas after days after the mass shooting in 2017 that killed 58 people, and then again in October of 2018 for the one-year anniversary of the shooting. 

Related: Greenfield officer, K9 Clarence return from 1-year observance of Las Vegas shooting

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