GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Police Department’s comfort dog, Officer Donut, turned one this week!
Donut has been on the police force since last June. Since then, he’s grown to be about 200 pounds and has traveled all over Massachusetts to help people deal with trauma. Some highlights from his first year:
- Comforting a person after their family member was killed
- Comforting first responders after the death of Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna
- Comforting family of victims killed in house fire in Pittsfield
Donut’s handler and father Lt. William Gordon told 22News the Greenfield Police Department’s comfort dog program has served as a nationwide example.
“This program has really taken hold amongst a lot of police departments and we have found a lot of visitors have come just to see Donut, and they start their own programs across the United States,” Gordon said.
Fun fact: Officer Donut’s nickname at home is “Do-Not” 😂 (do not jump on the counter, do not get in the trash) #Greenfield #ComfortDog #SaintBernard pic.twitter.com/xs9QZB4orR— Monica Ricci (@MonicaWWLP) April 2, 2019
Gordon said they’re aware of six police departments in Massachusetts starting comfort dog programs of their own since Donut started.
In addition to helping victims of trauma, Donut also visits Franklin County probate court weekly to comfort recovering addicts as they speak with a judge.
When he’s not working, Donut goes home with Gordon and his family. Donut’s nickname is “Do Not,” as in.. do not jump on the counter….and do not get in the trash!