search and rescue

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9s Zinc and Copper became the first four legged recipients of the Back the Blue award Oct. 9 for their successful recovery of a lost 3-year-old boy with autism. Attorney General Ashley Moody presented the K-9s and their handlers with the awards at Santa Rosa County Jail during a news conference. […]

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Rescue dogs get new purpose in life

Dozens of nonprofit groups throughout Florida are dedicated to pulling animals out of shelters where they may be euthanized and instead finding them loving homes. Some focus on cats or dogs or a certain breed. In Navarre, one of these groups is focused not just on rescuing dogs but putting them to work. Read the […]

Sophia safely reunited with family

Sophia safely reunited with family

Missing Gulf Breeze teen Sophia Best, 16, was  safely reunited with her parents Thursday. Sophia went missing from Gulf Breeze on Aug. 12. The case remains under investigation, and details will be released at a later time. The search for Sophia was a joint effort by the Gulf Breeze Police Department, FBI and KlaasKids Foundation. Past […]

Cushing recalls search for Black Hawk helicopter

Cushing recalls search for Black Hawk helicopter

Matt Cushing still remembers the phone call in which he was asked to assist in the search for the Black Hawk helicopter that crashed into the Santa Rosa Sound on a dreary night in early March. With the area wrapped heavily in a blanket of thick fog, the Escambia County Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]