Tazewell County 911 dispatchers introduce their new ‘Rookie’

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(Photo: Courtesy Tazewell County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Courtesy Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office)

TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The employees at the Tazewell County 911 Dispatcher Center adopted a two-month-old puppy as the department’s service dog, but they left it up to the community to name him.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office announced the adoption of the Labrador/pit bull mix by the emergency dispatchers on Thursday, Jan. 30.

“The dispatchers fell in love with this guy and he is now the official 911 Dispatcher Center Service dog,” the department wrote on Facebook. “He will attend events, make visits to the schools and senior homes and be an Ambassador for 911.”

However, even though the puppy belongs to the dispatchers, the entire Tazewell County community was able to choose between four possible names: Mischief, Rookie, Taser, or Creed. From 5:39 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 until 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, more than 1,500 people commented on the Facebook post with their name preferences.

Less than an hour after voting closed on Monday afternoon, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office formally introduced “Rookie” — the winning name by almost 200 votes — as the 911 Ambassador on Facebook.

“While Rookie doesn’t meet the definition of ‘Service dog’ he will be providing a great service to the dispatchers and citizens alike,” says the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.

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