Scouts rescue trapped dog

| May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee, infantryman, Scout Platoon, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, rappels down a rocky hillside, April 21, to rescue a dog that was trapped there for four days. The scouts named the dog Ranger. (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID)

Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee, infantryman, Scout Platoon, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, rappels down a rocky hillside, April 21, to rescue a dog that was trapped there for four days. The scouts named the dog Ranger. (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th ID)

Story by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson and 1st Lt. Zackary Kohl
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office
25th Infantry Division

For more than four days, neighbors heard the cries of a dog stuck on the hillside above Aliamanu Military Reservation until residents Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and his wife, Divina, took action to rescue it.

“The dog sounded like it was in distress, and it was distressing us,” said Divina.

They hiked up the steep hillside near their home and located the trapped pooch, and called the local authorities, who didn’t have the necessary equipment to rescue the dog.

“They pretty much gave up on it,” said Rocco, but command sergeants major don’t take “no” for an answer.

Rocco called Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Sweezer, senior enlisted leader of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, who deployed three of his best scouts to do the job.

Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee, Staff Sgt. Mark Roper and Sgt. Cody Graves, Scout Platoon, 2-35th Inf., 3rd BCT, all air assault qualified, met Rocco at his house with their equipment to get started.

“We figured that America needed us, so we rappelled off the rock face to get the dog,” said Dennee. “It took us about an hour from the time we got on site to rescue the dog, but the hardest part was getting him to come to us. You could tell he was very scared and tired.”

The rescue team got backup from other scouts.

“There was a lot of help from our Charlie Company, who gave us the rappelling equipment we needed and from my platoon leader, who allowed me to have the time to set aside from our military-focused mission to assist the community,” said Dennee.

Sgt. Cody Graves (left), a recent honor graduate of Warrior Leaders Course; and Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee (center) and Staff Sgt. Mark Roper, both infantrymen assigned to scout platoon, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, pose after saving a dog stuck on a hillside, here, April 24. They later named the dog "Ranger." (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Cody Graves (left), a recent honor graduate of Warrior Leaders Course; and Sgt. 1st Class Tyler Dennee (center) and Staff Sgt. Mark Roper, both infantrymen assigned to scout platoon, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt,, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, pose after saving Ranger the dog from a steep hillside, here, April 24.  (Photo by Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Rocco, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The scouts decided to name the dog “Ranger” before handing him over to the proper authorities for further care. He is now with the Hawaiian Humane Society and available for adoption.

“At the end of the day, it was pretty rewarding knowing that the neighborhood didn’t have to worry about the dog being stuck outside anymore. The animal was safe, and that made it worthwhile,” Dennee added.

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