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The group, which is made up of eight handlers and four dogs, was in attendance to honor search and rescue, military and police working dogs for their dedication to their respective missions.
"The working dogs are truly amazing creatures," said Joel Trella, retired Bergen County Police chief. "If you ask any handler, they will tell you they don't see them as animals but as partners. You would do extraordinary things to protect your partner, and your partner, on a daily basis does, extraordinary things to protect you. It is hard to imagine this if you have never had the opportunity to do it, but once you have, it never leaves you."