NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - The MTA Police's K-9 class of 2015 was presented at Grand Central Terminal Wednesday. 19 dogs successfully completed 12 weeks of rigorous training in explosives detection and anti-terrorism methods. Along with their human partners, the dogs will patrol MTA trains, tracks and platforms, and inspect suspicious packages.
But the names of the canines carry a tremendous honor. Each is named after a fallen police officer, firefighter or military service member. Jerry was named for NYPD Officer Scarangella, who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.
John has a distinction. He is named for someone still with us: retired Sgt. John Guarino of the U.S. Park Police who helped form that department's own canine unit.
The ceremony took time to mention the latest of their fallen brethren: NYPD Officer Randolph Holder.