GREENFIELD — Of all the things Jamie Bell might have expected out of a seemingly routine Wednesday morning seminar with city and county officials, being attacked by a police dog was not one of them.
As his Leadership Hancock County classmates looked on from a safe distance below, there Bell stood on a mezzanine above the meeting room in a defensive position with legs spread and knees bent. Bak the K9 lunged for the bite sleeve protecting his left hand and arm.
Bell held his ground as the Shepherd mix used his full weight to try and gain control of the sleeve, one of his favorite toys.
Bell was never in real danger, though. Bak’s handler, Patrolman Jerami Summers of the Greenfield Police Department, had firm hold of Bak’s leash during the demonstration, clearly the highlight of the morning session at the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center.
This is the 17th year for the Leadership Hancock County class, a program that seeks to cultivate leadership abilities and volunteerism among emerging leaders in the county. Most students are enrolled by their employers.
Interest in the program has only grown. One thing it has proved to even the most Hancock County-savvy student: There is always more to learn about the community in which you live, and there is always more you can give to it.