The only dog to die in the line of duty for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is profiled in the first of a new series of videos.
The sheriff’s department videos are meant to inform residents of the work of deputies and other personnel, including Ranger. Ranger, a smart Australian Shepherd, was electrocuted on Thanksgiving 17 years ago during a search for a missing hunter.
Ranger and Placer County Search and Rescue volunteer Terry Butrym were assisting Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies in a search of a field near the present Sleep Train Arena.
Ranger found the pheasant hunter and ran back to handler, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Butrym followed the dog and Ranger to the hunter’s body next to a utility box.
What followed was a fireball in the night. Ranger had touched the man’s body and the shock from the electrocuted man had killed the dog.
The hunter had not only been hunting, he was collecting copper wire from the utility box. However, the wires inside the box were live.
A nearby tree had caused an overhead line to break and fall on the top of the box. Ranger’s death prevented searchers from being killed
Future videos on the sheriff’s office Facebook page will take viewers behind-the-scenes.