K-9s impress Cascades veterans

Photo courtesy of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit leader Sgt. Anthony Cavallaro, right, supervises a recent K-9 demonstration showing how a suspect is “taken down.”

Photo courtesy of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit leader Sgt. Anthony Cavallaro, right, supervises a recent K-9 demonstration showing how a suspect is “taken down.”

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
A three-man team from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office gave a demonstration with two of their K-9 unit dogs, including a simulated “takedown” of a “suspect,” at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Cascades Veterans Club of the Cascades of St. Lucie West.
Sgt. Tony Cavallaro, assisted by Deputies Marc Geisler and Brandon Nuccio, showed how the highly trained dogs acted on command.
The demonstration also included how, in addition to taking down criminal suspects, the dogs are trained to sniff out narcotics.
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These two just won’t slow down

Staff photo by Mary Kemper Vera Pochopin, 98, shown here standing outside AMVETS Post 92, Rio, is still going strong with activities in several veterans’ auxiliaries.

Staff photo by Mary Kemper
Vera Pochopin, 98, shown here standing outside AMVETS Post 92, Rio, is still going strong with activities in several veterans’ auxiliaries.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
Their combined age puts them at nearly two centuries, but nothing seems to slow these women down.
Vera Pochopin, 98, and Anna “Annie” Archibald, 88, both of Jensen Beach, remain active in several area veterans’ auxiliaries, and are constantly on the go.
In fact, they have been named as Grand Marshals in Stuart’s upcoming parade in honor of Veterans Day, in tribute to their long years of service.
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