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Updated: 8/12 5:40 pm

SALEM, N.Y. – A new, four-legged member with a unique name has joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Travis Earl is K-9 Brucha’s new partner. The team paired up on Tuesday in a vacant building in Schenectady, which is used as a training facility.

The training isn’t just for Brucha to learn how to detect drugs though, it is also an opportunity for Deputy Earl to bond with her. The pair have been together for just four weeks.

Brucha seems born for police work, which may have something to do with her name. Brucha, whose nickname is 'B', is named in honor of longtime Washington County Senior Investigator Bruce Hamilton. 

“He was a guy who was in early and stayed late. He was an integral part of our department,” said Earl. 

In June, Hamilton, a Salem native known as a gentle giant especially when it came to victims, passed away suddenly. Hamilton actually had a hand in first selecting Brucha from a local breeder. That breeder had originally named the shepherd 'Betty'. But, after Hamilton's, death the name Brucha just felt right.

Deputy Earl says he hopes to have Brucha trained and ready to join him out on the road come the new year.

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