Oct 3, 2014 9:39 PM

Congressional Law Enforcement Awards honor state's finest


CONCORD - At the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training facility in Concord Friday, the finest of law enforcement in the Granite State received some well deserved recognition.

It's a proud day for Deputy Keith MacKenzie of the Strafford County Sheriff's Department and his K-9 partner, blood hound Daisy May. Still, they remain humble.

Deputy MacKenzie said, "It's pretty hard for me to accept awards when it's pretty much I came to do this job 14 years ago, and it's just part of the job."

The pair is one of 33 officers and agencies recognized at the annual New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Awards.

They honored a wide range of accomplishments. Everything from life saving acts of valor, to dedication to professionalism.

In MacKenzie's case - capturing an armed and dangerous murder suspect on the run for six days in the dense woods of northern Maine.

MacKenzie said, "They gave me the scent article and said the guy ran behind the woods behind the house. Off we went for close to three and a half miles. We were in a different mountain range than they had already searched, and we found the suspect hiding up a tree looking down at us."

Nearly 100 people had been searching, but it was MacKenzie and Daisy May that found the suspect.

MacKenzie said, "We got word from the family he was afraid of dogs, has a fear of dogs, so it all played out to our advantage."

They're partners in the truest sense of the word.

"You put you time in when you train and now you are just pretty much holding onto the dog and hope she does her job. She did her job. She's a good one," said MacKenzie.

The New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement awards were established in 1998. It honors members of local, county, state and federal law enforcement for exemplary service.


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