CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The newest member of the Clarkstown Police Department has excellent pedigree and has been named after fallen 9/11 hero, Welles Remy Crowther (the man in the red bandana).
And he's extremely handsome.
Remy, a 14-month-old Dutch shepherd is the department's third and youngest K-9 member. His handler Officer Robert Reekie is a ten-year veteran of the department, and spent his previous decade in the New York City Police Department.
The Rockland County Kennel Club donated $12,500 to buy the dog from the Netherlands and to train Remy at a month-long intensive program at Castle's K-9 in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
"Our son would be so proud today," said Jefferson Crowther, wiping tears from his eyes. "I know he's up there smiling down. He loved dogs. He was interested in dogs that work. I think Remy will make him proud."
Welles Remy Crowther was a 24-year-old equity trader who was on the 104th floor of the South Tower when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the building at 9:03 a.m. on September 11th. Welles, a volunteer firefighter and resident of Nyack, pulled a dozen people to safety, going up and down burning stairwells. He forfeited his life to save others.
At a press conference in Clarkstown Saturday, Welles was described as a man who stood for perseverance, courage, and hope. Remy has been dedicated in his spirit.
K-9s like Remy assist in narcotics detection, tracking, apprehension, building search and patrol. Remy will live with Reekie, his wife, and their three children.
"Remy will become part of the Reekie family," said Lt. Steven Morgan, explaining it takes special traits to pair a dog and his officer, and the officer's family.
Holding a red bandana, Alison Crowther, Welle's mother, told the crowd she was deeply touched by this gesture. 'This is a fine donation," she said, handing off a pair of red bandanas for Reekie and Remy.
Remy, naturally, was amenable to having the bandana wrapped around his neck.
And did we mention how handsome he is?
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