GREENSBURG – Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Goodfellow joined the ranks of Greensburg Optimist Club honorees Thursday morning when he was named the club’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
During a brief club meeting at Something’s Perkin’, Goodfellow, who serves as the county’s K-9 officer, accepted the prestigious honor in front of a group of law enforcement colleagues and Optimist Club members.
Goodfellow was introduced by Sheriff Greg Allen who spoke of the deputy’s exemplary commitment to his duties.
“Law enforcement is a tough job,” Allen said. “These guys are out on the streets day in and day out … It’s not easy, and it’s nice to get recognized for our efforts,” Allen, a past recipient of the award, said.
The sheriff continued, “It takes dedication and Rob has stepped up. He’s done an excellent job for me, and I really appreciate that.”
Goodfellow said he joined the DCSD in 2009 following a two-decade Army career. Earlier this year, he took the reins of the county’s K-9 program and sought community donations for the purchase of a dog that could not only perform the necessary duties but also be “cost-effective and community-friendly.”
“We wanted something where we could go into the schools and not worry about kids getting bit by him,” Goodfellow said.
Goodfellow decided upon Rango, a Labrador retriever trained in tracking and article searches. The dog is also capable of detecting cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and Ecstasy, Goodfellow said.
The deputy underwent six weeks of training in Ohio to learn the ins and outs of K-9 officer duties; he then sought out donations to bring the program back to county law enforcement. Rango cost $9,500, Allen said. All but $500 of that amount was funded through community donations.
Working with his partner Rango, Goodfellow is now one of three Decatur County officers with a four-legged companion on patrol. Greensburg Police Officer Jordan Craig is seconded by his dog, Krieger, and Westport Town Marshal Joe Talkington is partnered with Keno, the former DCSD K-9.