LCC K-9 Ministry Teams Invited to Marshall County High School – Benton, Kentucky, to Comfort Students and Staff For 2nd Anniversary of Shooting
On Thursday, January 23, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Anna (Trinity – Toledo, Ohio), Bethany (Trinity – Danville, Illinois), Dinah (Trinity – Auburn, Illinois), Eve (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois), Job (Christ the King – Memphis, Tennessee), Mercy (Our Savior – Louisville, Kentucky), Noah (Timothy – St. Louis, Missouri), Tabby (St. Paul’s – Des Peres, Missouri), and Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois) and their handlers returned to Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky to mark the second anniversary of the school shooting that tragically took the lives of two students. The relationship between the community and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams has grown over the last two years. Many in the community follow the dogs on Facebook and interact with them regularly.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the handlers have a unique relationship with the Marshall County community. After most crisis deployments, we do not have an opportunity to return and experience the continuation of the community’s story beyond the original event. The Comfort Dogs and teams have been embraced by the people of Marshall County and they continue to invite us back each year to bring comfort and love during their healing process.
All of the LCC K-9 Ministry teams arrived on Wednesday, January 22 and went to dinner at a local restaurant. As word got out in the area that the Comfort Dogs were there, several students and staff that were at the school at the time of the shooting but are no longer there came to the restaurant to see the Comfort Dogs and renew their relationships. On Thursday, January 23, the Comfort Dogs and their teams returned to the school and were welcomed with open arms.
The K-9 Ministry handlers have been told that each time we return to the school, we became part of their on-going story from when we first visited, and we continue to be part of their story each year. The students, staff, and community members thank us each year for remembering them and their community as they continue to heal and learn to live their stories after it took an unexpected turn on that tragic day, January 23, 2018.
The people of Marshall County will always hold a special place in the hearts and prayers of those who have served them over the last two years. Please continue to keep the Marshall County, Kentucky community in your prayers.
LCC never goes where we are not invited and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry NEVER charges those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meal costs. We also always put boots and paws on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.