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Walk Honors Victim, Raises Money For K-9 Teams

Reported: Apr. 26, 2014 10:52 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 27, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
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DUNBAR, W.Va. (Sean Delancey) -- Two years after one woman's body was found in a co-worker's yard, her son is raising money for WV K9 Search and Rescue. The organization is a search team that helps find missing people.

Kathy Gobles' remains were found in a Chesapeake backyard in 2012.

"It's a service that's well needed, and there's not enough of us," Steve Shanklin, of West Virginia K-9, said.

Kathy's son, Jason McCartney organized the Hope Walk in her memory, raising money for the team of volunteers that also helps search for missing people.

"The event today is called the Hope Walk,” organizer Jason McCartney said. “That's a lot of what I had, was hope that somebody something could help give me an answer as to where mom was at."

Priscilla Johnson, a family friend, shared her thoughts on the event.

"It's great that Jason, her son, has been able to shed light and let everyone know in memory of her,” she said. “What a great thing he's doing for the dogs, for the search and rescue."

Jason is now a part of the team with his K-9 partner Deuce.

The money raised in the Hope Walk goes to train dogs like Soot, who was the winner of a dog hero award for saving a hunter lost in the woods in December.

"We didn't realize how sick he was until he went to the hospital after we found him and realized he was going into renal failure,” Soot’s owner, Lorrie Burdette, said. “So if Soot hadn't found him, he could have passed away within three to four hours, the doctor said."

Face painting, a bouncy castle for the kids and free food for the walkers helped make the Hope Walk full of fun for everyone involved.

But those attending agreed it was not just about the fun, but raising awareness about a rescue team that saves lives and provides families with valuable closure

"I couldn't imagine going through that,” Shanklin said. “The pain. But at least, good or bad, at they have closure and that's a big relief for the families."

The K-9 Search and Rescue Team is an all-volunteer organization.

They are always looking for new members and donations.



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