CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013 AT 2:30 P.M. AT RISP HQ AT 311 DANIELSON PIKE, NORTH SCITUATE, RHODE ISLAND
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA INVITED
CONTACT: LIEUTENANT COLONEL MICHAEL J. WINQUIST TELEPHONE: (401) 444-1002
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety announces that on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., members of the media are cordially invited to a ceremony at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters to reunite retired United States Marine Lance Corporal Bradley O'Keefe and his military K-9 partner "Earl" who have been separated since 2010. The ceremony will also honor Lance Corporal O'Keefe for his service to our Country and to retire K-9 Earl, who is currently serving as Explosive Detection K-9 with the Rhode Island State Police.
Lance Corporal O'Keefe was trained as an explosive detection K-9 handler and was assigned to K-9 Earl. While assigned to 3/6 Lima Company, he and Earl were deployed to Afghanistan to patrol for explosive devices aimed at killing American military. On April 14, 2010 Lance Corporal O'Keefe and "Earl" were on patrol and were injured as a result of a roadside bomb.
Lance Corporal O'Keefe was evacuated from Afghanistan to the United States for treatment. K-9 "Earl" was also treated, and he returned to his duties with the military.
The Rhode Island State Police obtained Earl when the military was downsizing its K-9 units. For the past three years, Lance Corporal O'Keefe's sister, Ms. Rachel Lawson, has been trying to local "Earl" in the hopes that her brother and his dog could be reunited.
The reunion will be held on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a ceremony at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters, and "Earl" will be returned to Lance Corporal O'Keefe. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the ceremony.