A bloodhound tracked a student near Valley Forge Park on Wednesday at the Vanguard School. It was part of a planned demonstration during the school's career day for students.
Heather, a 6-year-old pure bred, was there with handler Allen Means to demonstrate how she tracks missing people and helps police search for suspects or prison escapees who are on the lam.
Heather and her master from Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue in Lancaster County were part of the school's career day. Vanguard's middle and high school students learned about careers in everything from real estate to heating & air conditioning, bicycle repair, healthcare and emergency first responders.
The Vanguard school is part of the on North Valley Road on the edge of Valley Forge National Historical Park. The day school serves 247 students from age 4-21 who have been diagnosed with conditions on a wide range of the autism diagnostic spectrum or with emotional or behavioral needs that can't be met by local school districts. Vanguard students come from 55 school districts in Chester and six other counties in Eastern Pennsylvania.