'Therapy dog' helps firefighters connect with kids

The dog has a tremendous calming effect on children during fire-safety programs

By Lauren Molenburg

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Lofty ambitions for one dog, but very achievable, says Ron Harder, her handler.

Her name is Madison and she's the Rock Community Fire Protection District's specially trained therapy dog. She wears a blue vest and is a badged member of the department.

Getting the dog was Harder's idea, and the first time that Support Dogs Inc. has trained such a dog for a fire department.

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