Rocky Riley was named after one of the victims of the 9-11 attacks.
It’s a fitting honor, as the 20-month old German short haired pointer will now be tasked with protecting passengers and planes.
Connecticut State Trooper John Blalock spent nine weeks at Lackland AFB, training with the dog.
“The reason we come here is because this training environment is second to none,” said Trooper Blalock.
Just like a real partner, personalities matter.
“I’m on my second dog right now, the initial dog they gave me was a black lab, the sweetest dog in the world, but his drive to screen passengers just wasn’t there,” said Trooper Blalock.
As you pass through security at Bradley airport, you may see Rocky Riley, but don’t expect close contact.
“We don’t actually train the dog to sniff people, we sniff the wake, the trail that they leave behind – the air that they leave behind them,” said Trooper Blalock.