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Continued: On the road with a Washington County deputy and his K-9 Zeke

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 21, 2013 - 2:56 PM

“It’s the unpredictability,” he said. “That’s what I love so much about this job.”

Kevin Giles • 651-925-5037



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  • K-9 deputy Joel Legut worked with his German shepherd, Zeke, while on patrol in northern Washington County last week. Zeke, trained to detect human scent, found a handgun, a shotgun shell, an identification card and a key that Legut threw into the snow. Zeke is not like having a pet, Legut said. “He’s a work dog.”

  • Zeke’s image on his K-9 squad car announces his presence, as does his incessant barking when deputy Joel Legut leaves the vehicle. Zeke, a German shepherd from Slovakia, has been accompanying Legut on patrol for three years.

  • Deputy Joel Legut of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office warmed up in his patrol vehicle while working an accident scene on Interstate 94 at Afton and West Lakeland Township last week.

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