Behind The Badge: New Dog Helps Comfort Deputies

Marshall is a 5 month old puppy.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY - At the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, there's a new Sheriff in town. Well-- sort of. A five month old English Cream Golden Retriever is one of the new additions to the county's law enforcement family. His name is Marshall and he's not your typical police K-9. That's because while he may not be out fighting crime on the streets, he's helping officers in a different way by providing comfort to those who keep us safe.

"When I walk into the room with Marshall all of the attention is focused on him, so they love him, they love watching him grow, and seeing him play," said his owner and former Rockford Police Detective DiAnn Krigbaum.

He's even a play date for Winnebago County K-9 Chico, who may be look a little intimidating, but they are two best buds. Krigbaum adopted Marshall after experiencing first-hand some of the mental and emotional tolls the job can have on a police officer, so when she saw Marshall she knew he would be the perfect fit to provide some comfort to first responders one heart at a time.

"I think it's important to have him here just to lighten the mood and show some friendliness. There's a lot of intense work that goes on here and he kind of breaks up some of the monotony," she said.

For Sergeant Tammie Stanley, Marshall is the highlight of her day.

"We do see a lot when we go to different calls, so it's nice to see him, pet him, and talk to him in the dog talk," said Stanley.  

Although Marshall may be small, he's already having a big impact on these deputies lives hoping to shine a bright light when officers experience some of the darkest days.

"He catches on quickly, if he doesn't have plenty of exercise during the day he's obnoxious," said Krigbaum. 


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