#SaluteTheBadge: Washington County Deputy Corporal Taylor Reed and K9 Coty

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“He’s just got that great work ethic and a country charm about him that just makes him very approachable and loaded with common sense,” said Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

It’s those qualities that Sheriff Tim Helder says make Deputy Corporal Taylor Reed such a valued member of his department. You may remember Reed when he was wounded in the line of duty in 2014.

“He’s kind of had a storied career in his short time with us, but he’s just a phenomenal young man, good family man, loves to serve,” said Helder.

He has been doing much better, especially with his partner, Coty, by his side. However, the four legged friend is hanging up his hat.

“Coty is trained as a passive alert canine, which means instead of scratching or barking or doing anything when they alert on a substance, they sit in a passive mode,” said Helder.

After some arthritis, the team decided it was time for Coty to retire.

“He’s become a part of our family,” said Helder.

But don’t worry, Coty will stay by his best friends side. Helder says it won’t be easy letting Coty off the force.

“It’s a loss for us. They’re hard to replace, a good canine, so you know, we’ll feel it. The citizens will feel it,” said Helder.

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