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Two local county sheriff’s deputies grad­u­ated from K9 unit train­ing Fri­day.

Defi­ance County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Shafer and Pauld­ing County Sheriff’s deputy Gary Deitrick each com­pleted the 14-week class in Fort Wayne. Shafer is the han­dler for Boomer, and Deitrick is the han­dler for Jano (pro­nounced Ya-no).

Both are Ger­man Shep­herds from the Czech Repub­lic.

Deitrick will be help­ing Pauld­ing County renew its K9 pro­gram.

Shafer and Boomer’s grad­u­a­tion from train­ing means that the Defi­ance County Sheriff’s Office is now adding a sec­ond K9 unit.

Deitrick has been a Pauld­ing County deputy for 19 years, and Shafer has been a Defi­ance County deputy for more than six.

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