Awarded to Rookie, a six-year-old German Shepherd. Rookie was found wandering the streets of Howell Township, and was adopted by Officer Glenn Rogers from the local humane society. Officer Rogers started Rookie in police training in 1994 and Rookie began active police work in 1995. Overcoming spinal surgery, Rookie has an impressive number of arrests, and placed second in Region 15 police dog trials.
Owner - Cpl. Glenn Rogers
Veterinarian - Dr. Anthony DeCarlo
Professional Category (Posthumous)
Presented to Orient, a German Shepherd. Orient was a graduate from the Seeing Eye Program and was placed with Bill Irwin. Orient led Irwin on an incredible trek on the complete length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Profiled in Irwin's book Blind Courage, Orient faithfully and unconditionally assisted Bill Irwin for over nine years.
Owner - Bill Irwin
Veterinarians - Dr. Ed Swiderski and Dr. Susan Spreat
Awarded to Casey, a four-year-old Golden Retriever. Casey is the constant companion to Andrew Huzar, who is confined to a wheelchair. Casey's devotion to Andrew helps him enjoy activities such as kayaking and touring the rugged hills of western New Jersey, and playing in the yard.
Owner - The Huzar family
Veterinarian - Dr. Suzanne Smith
Companion Category (Posthumous)
Awarded to Bagel, a Bichon Frisse. Bagel exemplified the loyal qualities that make dogs "man's best friend." Bagel was a faithful watchdog, cheered a husband and a son through recuperation from surgeries and helped a young child overcome his fear of dogs.
Owner - The Sachs family
Veterinarian - Dr. Cheri Smith
Awarded to Spunky, a nine-year-old domestic shorthair cat. Spunky visits senior residents, exhibiting extraordinary calm and patience, as he sits for houses in the seniors' laps.
Owner - Sandra Campbell
Veterinarian - Dr. Ann Ascher
Therapy Category (Posthumous)
Awarded to Cinnamon Twist, a therapeutic riding horse for Special People United to Ride (SPUR) in Lincroft, NJ. Due to his exceptionally calm demeanor, Cinnamon Twist was ridden by the smallest and most fearful riders, giving them confidence to overcome their physical and cognitive challenges.
Owner - Cynthia Weber (SPUR)
Veterinarian - Dr. Elden Klayman
Awarded to Solo, a German Shepherd. During a police standoff in Bradley Beach last year, Solo gave his life to protect his police handler while attempting to apprehend a criminal. Solo's tragic death inspired an effort to outfit K-9 dogs with bulletproof vests, and led to the recent adoption of law increasing the penalties for killing a police dog.
Owner - Sheriff's Officer Robin Eckel
Veterinarian - Dr. Sherwood Gloth