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Heiko to the rescue: Marysville police dog helps find lost hunter

Times Herald (Port Huron) logo Times Herald (Port Huron) 12/2/2019 Bryce Airgood, Port Huron Times Herald
a person sitting on a stage: Marysville Police Department K9 Officer Justin Reeves and police dog Heiko with a hunter they helped find who was lost in the Port Huron State Game Area on Nov. 30, 2019. © Courtesy Marysville Police Department K9 Officer Justin Reeves and police dog Heiko with a hunter they helped find who was lost in the Port Huron State Game Area on Nov. 30, 2019.

A hunter who became lost in the Port Huron State Game Area Saturday night got a lucky break when Marysville Police Officer Justin Reeves and police dog Heiko became involved. 

With the two’s help law enforcement were able to find the hunter lost deep in the woods. 

“I just kind of let the dog lead the way,” Reeves said. 

He said he got the call for the lost hunter about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The hunter had gotten lost in the Port Huron State Game Area near Abbottsford and Bryce roads and his friend let law enforcement know he couldn’t find his way out of the area, Reeves said. 

Reeves and Heiko used the trail the hunter had gone down and went quite a ways to try and find him. They were able to make voice contact with the hunter and found him about 10:30 p.m., Reeves said. 

One of the Clyde Township firefighters reached the hunter first as Heiko had trouble getting through the underbrush in the woods, the Reeves said. 

Reeves said this was a collective effort between Clyde Township Fire Department, St. Clair County Sheriff Department and St. Clair County Central Dispatch and law enforcement collectively utilizing assets. 

This is the second lost hunter Reeves and Heiko have found, as they also found a hunter in the woods near Fort Gratiot last year, he said.

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Heiko does patrols and detection work, such as suspect tracking, arrests, building and area searches, narcotics detection, handler protection and more. 

Heiko has been a valuable addition to the police department since his introduction about three years ago, Reeves said in a past interview. Heiko is the first and only police dog to work with the department. 

Reeves said this area is fortunate to have a handful of police do in the county. 

Bryce Airgood is the business reporter for the Times Herald. Have questions or a story idea? You can contact her at (810) 989-6202 or bairgood@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @bairgood123.


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