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Four Legged Heroes Honored for Service in Callaway

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Man's best friend was the guest of honor Sunday afternoon. The Bay County Sheriff's Office held its fifth annual Canine Veterans' Day Memorial Service.

Dozens of people came to honor active and fallen military, law enforcement, and civilian working dogs.

"What these dogs offer to us is just so many advantages in law enforcement," said Lieutenant Kevin Francis, with the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Their noses can detect many things we cannot and at a much faster rate.

"They go through hundreds of hours of training to hone in those skills," said Francis.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office promoted canine Argos to Corporal on Sunday. Deputy Jeff Duggins has worked with Argos, a drug detection dog, for more than a decade.

"He's my partner. I know that he is there at any time and would give his life for mine," said Duggins

At the age of 13, Argos shows no signs of slowing down.

"I don't think he's ready to retire, not any time soon," said Duggins.

Argos was one of more than 20 dogs honored for their hard work and dedication to the community. A special honor was reserved for the memory of those that came before.

Deputy Duggins says he and Argos are working Sunday night, but Argos will definitely get an extra treat.

The sheriff's office plans to hold the ceremony at least once in every city in Bay County.