The most famous Search and Rescue Beauceron is O'Cara Bleue de St Sacrement
affectionately known as Cara by those who know and love her.
Cara was awarded the rare Heroic Service Award by the American Kennel Club
at the AKC Classic in Orlando, Florida in December, 2001.
On September 11, 2001, in a terrorist attack against the
United States, two planes struck the World Trade Center Towers in New York City
causing the two 110 story buildings to collapse. Cara and her handler Mike Forsythe
were called into action along with the other members of the FEMA Florida
Task Force II. They spent many days at the site, commonly known now a Ground Zero,
searching the rubble of the twin towers. Cara wore a special camera around her
neck and searched in places that were still unreachable by humans,
looking for any sign of life.
Cara and Mike were again honored, along with many other Search and Rescue
teams, in a very moving nationally televised
ceremony during the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City in
Cara, Mike, and Mike's wife Jody are nationally certified through the
National Association For Search And Rescue (NASAR). They are Canine Search
Specialist for FEMA Florida Task Force II and Florida Special Response
Team-A, Inc. Jody currently is training their two younger Beaucerons
Radar & Raven. You can read more about Jody, Rader, and Raven on the