Tryon Elementary School students recently enjoyed a visit from Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Patrick Damato and Drug K9 Rudik.

Rudik is a 2-year-old from the Netherlands who is trained to locate illegal narcotics.

Damato spent time explaining how the dog was trained and how he responds to commands spoken in Dutch. Students eagerly watched the dog in action as it searched and located training aids planted at the school.

At the end of the presentation, students were invited to ask questions and were even allowed to pet Rudik.