Available at Amazon for $23.93. for ages 9-12, 48 pages, 2010.
January 7, 2011 source By TOM HOWELL JR.
NEWTON -- Sussex County Sheriff's Lt. Mitch Ellicott and his dog, Blaze, have a special bond. In fact, they're coworkers. Blaze is one of several German shepherds that Ellicott has worked alongside in the department's K-9 Unit, a vital resource for tracking down missing persons or suspects, sniffing out drugs and helping officers make arrests. Ellicott and one of his former dogs, Radar, are front and center in a new children's book titled "Search and Rescue Dog Heroes," part of a six-part series of books on working dogs by author Linda Bozzo, of Piscataway. Bozzo's book opens with a tense episode involving a missing Byram teen who went out for a bike ride in the woods. Unmarked trails and dwindling sunlight left the boy lost and helpless, but a cell phone call for help and Radar's reliable nose provided a happy ending to the ordeal. The book, which includes photographs of Ellicott and Radar on the job, also delves into the rich history of search and rescue dogs, their usefulness in major catastrophes such as the Oklahoma City bombing and terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the dogs' training and day-to-day activities.