Grayson County’s first K9 Search and Rescue Unit has been officially established, thanks to the efforts of Big Clifty residents Jessica and Charles “Davy” Logsdon.
Jessica Logsdon, along with her husband, Davy, started Grayson County K-9 Search and Rescue in July, 2013 as a full-time organization to use trained dogs to find missing persons.
Jessica Logsdon, who serves as president of the organization, said GC K-9 Search and Rescue has assisted Grayson County law enforcement on one search so far and also visits Grayson County schools to give search and rescue demonstrations.
Jessica Logsdon, who has trained K9 dogs for three years, said the organization currently has two bloodhounds, Leroy and Ruby, trained to search for missing individuals.
Jessica Logsdon said Attorney Tom Goff is currently investigating whether GC K-9 Search and Rescue can receive non-profit status.
“[Right now] we do this for free,” said Jessica Logsdon, who, along with her husband, spent $14,000 in 2013 for training and other expenses related to the organization.
K-9 Search and Rescue has already received the support of major players in Grayson County. Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon has given his support, and the organization has also previously worked with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Jessica Logsdon said.
The organization is looking for and will accept volunteers of all ages; however, only members over the age of 18 who have received prior training in emergency management and search and rescue will be permitted to go on searches.
Individuals who would like to support GC K-9 Search and Rescue may do so by making a donation to the organization. Donations may be made by visiting the GC K-9 Search and Rescue Facebook page or by mailing them to the Logsdons’ home address, 1440 Hardin Springs Road, Big Clifty, KY 42712.
The organization will also set up on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 in front of Walmart in Leitchfield from 8 a.m. until the evening to collect donations.
For more information about GC K-9 Search and Rescue, contact Jessica Logsdon by phone at 270-287-3308 or e-mail at email@example.com.