A Middle Tennessee group with a mission to save lives has a new crime solving tool. The newest member of the Smyrna Rescue Squad is a cadaver dog-in-training named Trouble.
Trouble is one of a kind in Rutherford County and will soon be able to help grieving families locate their loved ones who are presumed dead.
The rescue squad and Trouble were put on standby Thursday just in case they were needed to help with the search for three brothers who went missing in Stewart County. They didn't have to go, because the boys were soon found.
The 5-month-old German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix was donated by Southeast K-9 Search and Rescue. Six members from the Smyrna Rescue Squad assisted that group with the search for missing West Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo.
"Number one was just their drive," said Chris Williams, director of Southeast K-9. "These guys actually went out of the way to contact us because they wanted to get in there and help. They said they haven't been doing a lot of calls lately, and they got members just standing by."
There are several tracking and drug-sniffing dogs in departments throughout Rutherford County, but Trouble is one of a kind.
"Human remains detection dogs are trained to smell the decomposition of a body of someone who has passed away," said Troy Murray, Smyrna Rescue Squad assistant chief.
The rescue squad hasn't received any funding from Rutherford County or the city of Smyrna in years, but volunteers said with their new addition, they're willing to help if they are called upon.
"We'll be able to help the county as well as folks in the community with finding their loved ones when they've gone missing and may have passed away," Murray said.
Trouble is currently being trained, and she's learning from the best, her father, Bear.
"Anything you want them to do, they'll do it," Williams said. "I've heard of dogs in 33 feet of soil making finds in sinkholes where people never would ever find it."
The goal of Smyrna Rescue is to get Trouble certified by FEMA. Once that happens, the dog will be able to do cadaver searches across the country.
Smyrna Rescue volunteers have already approached law enforcement officials throughout Rutherford County that Trouble is in training and will soon be available to help with cadaver searches.
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