Officer Donut calms dozens of Springfield middle school students during visit

Hampden County

A police support dog helped calm students in Springfield Wednesday. A 140-pound Saint Bernard puppy goes by the name of Officer Donut.

The Greenfield Police dog visited students at Springfield’s Impact Prep Middle school on Wednesday. The pup demonstrated his ability to relax the students.

“He really loves people, he likes to interact with people, basically, just the calmness is what works best, calmness breeds calmness,” Officer William Gordon told 22News.

“Today we tried an experiment with testing the blood pressure of the students before and after they spent time with Donut to see if we could get enough data to convince the administration that we need a permanent support dog,” said Emily Harrison.

After the visit to Springfield, Officer Donut went to Pittsfield on the stress relieving assignment.

The 11-month-old Puppy helped relieve tension for social workers, who had counseled those close to the three people who died during a house fire in Pittsfield on Saturday.

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