New Explosive Detection Canine Team Members Welcomed
John Wayne Airport welcomed three new K-9 members of the Explosive Detection Canine Team on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Airport Director Alan Murphy, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director B.C. Bell, and many others watched Sheriff Hutchens present deputy badges to each dog in front of the John Wayne statue.
Two members of the team, Deputies Dave Ray and Len Letze have been stationed at JWA for more than seven years. Their original dogs recently retired and the Deputies are now paired with new dogs, Cyril and Goldy, both German Shepherds. The newest member of the K-9 team, Deputy Lynn Ridenour, is partnered with Rico, a Belgian Malinois. In 2008, Rico graduated first in his class from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Explosives Detection K-9 Handler Course at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas.
The Explosives Detection Team at John Wayne Airport is one of only two teams nationwide where the K-9 handlers are also certified bomb technicians.
The teams can be used to search the Terminal, luggage and to search aircraft as needed, and also work with political officials and foreign dignitaries when they fly through John Wayne Airport. The K-9 Teams continue to be a vital and valued component in John Wayne Airport’s enhanced security programs.
Top row (left to right): Capt. Dennis DeMaio; Airport Director Alan Murphy, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens; Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director BC Bell; Lt. Mike Mullen; Sgt. Ed Anderson