By Lt. Ryan Anderson, AA/Public Information Officer
Pleasant Valley State Prison
For Pleasant Valley State Prison K-9 Bacardi and her handler Correctional Officer Tim Smith, it was an honor to visit with America’s heroes at the Veterans Home of California Fresno.
During the recent visit, Officer Smith explained Bacardi’s purpose with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Bacardi demonstrated her abilities to locate narcotics.
After the demonstration, the residents were able to ask questions and interact with Bacardi.
“Bacardi and I enjoy demonstrations, but this one is truly special because it is for the men and women who have served our country,” Officer Smith said. “This has been a very humbling experience. To hear firsthand accounts of World War II is an amazing experience that will soon be gone with time. We all need to take a moment to visit with the veterans so these memories will not be lost.”
The Fresno Veterans Home is a 300-bed, long term care facility with 90 residences, 10 of those units set aside for couples.
“The residents and staff of the home were both impressed and appreciative of the time Officer Smith and Bacardi carved out of their busy schedule to come and demonstrate how they serve the State of California,” said Wendy Nelson White, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, and also a US Army veteran. “As veterans, they can relate to and understand the sacrifice they both make in their peace officer role.”