Buchanan students present BCSO K9 with treats for his service during a school lockdown

Berrien County Sheriff\'s Office

BUCHANAN, Mich. -- After the suspect in a police chase crashed his vehicle and fled on foot in Buchanan last month, the students of one Buchanan classroom honored the human and K9 officers that help keep the school safe by perusing and apprehending the suspect.

"Sgt. Crosby and K9 partner Zeke tracked the suspect through a wooded area, eventually capturing him and bringing the situation under control," the Berrien County Sheriff's Office said. "The brave efforts of K9 Zeke did not go unnoticed. In a heartwarming gesture, Mrs. Sater's third-grade class decided to thank the heroic K-9 by giving him a bag of treats and expressing their gratitude for keeping them safe."

In response to the nice gesture, Crosby and Zeke visited the school to personally say thank you. He also talked with the class a little about his and Zeke's role in law enforcement and answered questions from curious students.

"The event highlights the importance of the Berrien County Sheriff's Office's K9 unit in maintaining community safety and reinforces the strong bond between local law enforcement and the schools we protect," said BCSO Sheriff Chuck Heit. "The students and staff were reassured by the presence of these everyday heroes, and K-9 Zeke enjoyed his well-deserved treats and the affection from the school community."

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