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