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The Baltimore County Police Department's lone search-and-rescue dog, a bloodhound named Bella, played a key role in a recent rescue involving a suicidal man at the Liberty Reservoir.

On July 31, just after 11 a.m., the man's distraught mother called 911 to ask for help; she said her son, 33, had texted that he intended to commit suicide along the shoreline of the reservoir. Officers from Precinct 3/Franklin responded to the area and found the man's car parked along the head of a trail. Various resources also responded to help find the patient, including the Baltimore Environmental Police.

K9 Bella quickly tracked the patient's scent along the trail near the vehicle and into some brush, where Officer Davies found the patient unconscious and unresponsive. Baltimore County Fire Department units -- including Franklin Fire Station's Medic 56, Randallstown Fire Station's Truck 18 and Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company's Medic IV465 -- responded to the scene, provided on-site medical care and transported this seriously ill man to a local hospital for treatment.

Emergency calls like this one involve a dedicated, coordinated effort by various public safety partners -- including skilled four-footed assistants like Bella.

Photo of Bella the Bloodhound

Photo of Bella the bloodhound.
















Photo of Bella with Officer Davies, her K9 Handler

Photo of Bella the bloodhound with Officer Davies, her K9 handler.

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through April 30.

The opening segment focuses on Precinct 3/Franklin. Captain David Folderauer, commander of the precinct, discusses the operations at the Franklin Precinct and maintaining an open communication with citizens and businesses, while keeping communities safe.

Dr. Rebekah Hersch, a senior research scientist, is our guest in the second segment and talks about the challenges of coping with shift work.

The program airs five days a week on Comcast Channel 25 and Verizon FIOS Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

  • Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

Baltimore County Police are confirming an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Company in Precinct 3/Franklin.

The investigation began in mid-January, after Baltimore County Fire Department officials became aware of possible misconduct at the Reisterstown VFC and notified police.

Yesterday, the Baltimore County Fire Department suspended without pay two male fire department employees who are also Reisterstown VFC members. Both were suspended after the execution of a search warrant. One is a Probationary Emergency Medical Technician; the other is an EMT/Firefighter. These are non-supervisory positions.

There are 35 volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County that work with the Fire Department to provide fire suppression and EMS services. These volunteer companies are independent corporations with their own boards of directors and command staffs.

The investigation remains ongoing and is expected to conclude within the next few weeks. No charges have been filed at this time.

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