12-29-2019, MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands, NJ - NY GIANTS & Puppies Behind Bars Honored First Responders & Military Veterans Service Dogs and their Partners. Puppies Behind Bars and the New York Giants hosted their First Responders & Military veterans at the GIANTS VS. EAGLES Game. The pre-game honor welcomed five rescue personnel with professional service dogs to help them in their daily lives; Port Authority Police Officer Brian Andrews (injured in 2015), Air Force Veteran & Firefighter Brian Cantatore, USAF (25-year veteran) Colonel Gene Meyer and our very own Darryl Vandermark, 9/11 First Responder and retired Deputy Fire Coordinator and HAZMAT Chief. In addition, Groton PDF Officer Healther McLeland was also on the field with her service dog, 'McDonald', an "officer wellness service dog” for her entire police dept.
"...help came in the form of a service dog named Patriot", states Darryl Vandermark from an interview with Movember. "The PTSD doesn’t go away, it’s something I’ll probably deal with for the rest of my life but Patriot has made life a lot easier for me, by helping me with my “grounding.” Grounding is a process in which a service dog will distract a person going through a PTSD episode by nudging, pawing, and licking, essentially bringing them back to reality."
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