That may be an old Elvis song, but to the Snodgrass family it has a whole lot more meaning than just a title.
In September 2001 Deputy Kody Snodgrass worked with his bloodhound, Jimmy, to help track a 13 year old boy who had gone missing. The young boy, who had tried to take his life, was found alive and saved due to their effort’s. After this miraculous recovery Kody knew he wanted to train more dogs to aid in search and rescue. Unfortunately, two weeks later Kody died in a motorcycle accident.
Deputy Kody Snodgrass, 24 years old, was the only son of Carrie Snodgrass. To fulfill her son’s dream she started deputydogs.org . As Carrie Snodgrass stated “Because sometimes, you just want to take an active stand for the right things in the world, rather than passively accept the disappointments and bad things. . .”
The Kody Snodgrass Memorial Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to providing law enforcement with exceptional bloodhounds trained for policework, at little or no charge. This organization was formed in the memory of my son, Deputy Kody Snodgrass. He grew up with bloodhounds (my husband and I became involved in search/rescue after my sister’s murder), and so was a natural to begin handling the bloodhound “Jimmy” for Lake County Sheriff’s office in Florida. Kody was on the Tactical Team and a road deputy, but he felt most effective when he and “Jimmy” were on a track. They saved lives, discovered evidence, and helped locate evading criminals in the community.
Thank you to Carrie Snodgrass, and all the others, who stand up and make a difference in this world.