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It is not the critic that counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails by daring greatly; so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910


Massachusetts Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit
MARK9 Officers & DIRECTORS

OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:   Gail McCarthy
VICE PRESIDENT:   Paul J. Morris
SECRETARY:   Gail McCarthy
TREASURER:   Gail McCarthy
     

TRAINING DIRECTORS

Gail McCarthy   Airscent Training Director
  HRD Training Director
     
Kay McDonald   Airscent Training Director
     
Paul J. Morris   Ground SAR Training Director
     

MARK9 Members are listed below. Please click on each Member's name to learn more about that Member and to see photos of their dogs.  Other photos can be seen at the MARK9 Photo Gallery.

Kim Bainbridge MARK9
Kathryn Barrows MARK9
Sheila Buckley Probationary
Matt Hesek MARK9
Jackie Jacobs MARK9
Ida Lyons Geering MARK9
Gail McCarthy MARK9 1
Kay McDonald MARK9
Janet Merrill MARK9
Paul J. Morris MARK9
Karen Nesbitt Associate
Karen Ogden MARK9 2
Ronald D. Ruggiero MARK9
Scott Vadeboncoeur MARK9
Rita Viegas MARK9 Supporting
Janet Walsh MARK9
   


Responding to people in distress has long been an honorable, charitable tradition. MARK9 consists of a dedicated team of professional volunteers who carry on this tradition by donating thousands of hours to train their dogs for the sole purpose of helping others in times of need. All members are required to have a minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR. Many members have additional training, such as EMTs and Paramedics. All of our dogs are owned by their handlers and all costs incurred during training and responding on missions is the sole responsibility of the handler.


If you are interested in sponsoring our team, please see the "How You Can Help" Page.

For membership opportunities, contact:  Gail McCarthy at czechgsd@gmail.com




  • We, the members of MARK9, commit to provide high quality emergency response and to excellence in our performance at all times.
  • We , the members of MARK9, commit to "working for the victim" through an organized and professional search and rescue canine training and response program.
  • We, the members of MARK9, maintain excellence by constantly evaluating and improving the performance of our dogs and our ability to respond to emergency situations.
  • We, the members of MARK9, accept responsibility for and hold each other accountable for achieving this mission.
  • Our heart is in our service.


    

 

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