More about Lorianne...
Lorianne is an amazing addition to K9 Tailshakers! Referred to us by retired Chief of Fire and a gift to our Training Department!
Lorraine worked as a Firewoman and in Search and Rescue/Cadaver for many years. The love of dogs and the fascination with their senses lead Lorianne down a fascinating and bittersweet road. Finding many victims and assisting in many finds, Lorraine still remains humble calling her Canine Partners the real heroes. This is what makes her such an amazing person. Never talking openly about her accomplishments, her love of search and rescue and helping others.... her main concern while writing her bio is to make sure we credit the dogs as the real her0es. Lorraine is the kind of person that we all adore, love and are continually are amazed by.
Lorraine previously was a Lieutenant, and K9 handler for the Manteno, Illinois Fire Department. She started the department's SAR unit in 1990 and has served in various roles including Firefighter, Paramedic and Fire Investigator since 1986. She has instructed for NASDN, CARTT and NAPWDA teaching cadaver, trailing and scent specific airscent. Her German Shepherd Dogs have been evaluated or certified by NASDN, NAPWDA, and NNDDA in air scenting, area search, trailing and cadaver. In 2004 Lorraine assisted the Kankakee Sheriff's Department in starting a search unit and teaches ground search techniques and victim behavior to all new officers employed in Kankakee County. She worked with the Kankakee Coroners Office and the Sheriff's Department, teaching crime scene preservation to all new SAR persons in the county's unit. Lorraine was also an instructor for NASDN.
We are proud to have Lorraine as part of our training department and not only for her experience although for the person she is and makes us all want to be.
Lorianne works in our Training Department assisting in our Day Training Program, Board & Trains and A La Carte.
A recent news article honoring Lorraine's dog Kelsey and her canine partner below:
"For Lorraine Spaeth of Illinois, Kelsey was more than a work dog - she was a companion.
The two spent the past 10 years on the Kankakee county sheriff's department's canine search team helping to bring closure to families with missing loved ones, the Daily Journal of Kankakee reports.
"She was great on the job, but she was just as good as a companion," Spaeth told the newspaper. "She had cancer four years ago, and we got her through that. She didn't work much toward the end. She was more of my lap dog then."
The 13-year-old German shepherd, who peacefully passed away recently, is being remembered as an honored public servant.
Kelsey, whose specialty was locating the lifeless bodies that stymied police investigations, was responsible for the discovery of 10 bodies in the Kankakee area. She also made three "live finds" in her career.
"We were part of a search team and that team goes on," said Spaeth, who will begin training her fourth dog. "Those volunteers are still out there. Still nonprofit. Still ready to serve."