On September 28, Henry
County Chief of Police Keith Nichols honored Bill Hilsman with a
Certificate of Commendation for his role in assisting the Henry
County Police Department in locating a missing person.
Andrea Bragg, Bill Hilsman
with Tess with Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols.
On September 11, the
Henry County Police Department had contacted Hilsman to assist
them in locating a 16 year-old autistic girl who had been
reported missing. Hilsman, with Georgia Piedmont Region K-9
Search & Rescue, offered the use of his K-9, Tess. After being
provided articles of clothing from the young girl’s residence,
the K-9 was able to recognize and track her scent. Tess was able
to track the missing girl into a wooded area and across a creek
where the girl was found alive and well.
Tess, the dog used to
locate the missing girl, previously be-longed to Henry County
Police Officer Jimmy Carter, who died on April 10, 2010 from an
Hilsman has been
volunteering with the Search & Rescue foundation for 12 years
and is one of several volunteers who work with the non-profit
organization, using their K-9s to aid Georgia police departments
upon request. After undergoing a year of training, their dogs
work search and rescue missions in both urban and wilderness
areas as well as in lakes and rivers.
associated with their services, including training, travel, and
equipment, are paid for by the volunteers, at no expense to