How Ground Zero Helps Save Lives
 
 
 
 
 
 
The June 13, 2019 meeting was called to order by Vice President Ed Stanton.  Prayer was led by Rot. Frank Farmer, the pledged by Rot. Tom Rose, and songleader Mitch Williams let the group in "How Much is the Little Doggie in the Window".
 
GUESTS:
Mike Van Sickle and David Forester.
 
ROTARIAN OF THE DAY:
Pauline Garrett
 
SPEAKER:
Cindy Morrison, Executive Director
Todd Frazier, Head Trainer
 
Cody Song and Duke
 
Shero (our hero!)
 
While covering the OKC bombing for KOCO-TV, the search dogs had a big affect on her. They were so dedicated & comforting among the chaos that day in April 1995. When she learned the closest rescue dogs came from Tulsa & Wichita, Cindy helped found the first K-9 Search & Rescue group in the OKC area. She and her German Shepherd, Mischa, worked together for 2 ½ years. So, when Barry & Becky Switzer asked Cindy to join the Ground Zero board, she felt she’d come full circle. Ground Zero Emergency Training Center is far beyond what Cindy could have imaged back then.
 
Football coaching legend Barry Switzer & his wife Becky founded Ground Zero after witnessing the OKC tornado and 3 deadly tornadoes in Moore near their home in Norman. Their vision? Build an international facility for training dogs & their handlers plus, as a nonprofit, they could assign the dogs to task forces that could never afford to spend $50,000 on the K-9 heroes. So far, they have “passed the leash” on nearly 30 dogs, most of which are here in Oklahoma.
 
With her Search & Rescue experience, Cindy became the Ground Zero Executive Director this year. Prior to that, the 4 th generation OU grad owned her own social media business and spent 20 years in the OKC & Tulsa TV stations as a main anchorand investigative reporter winning an Emmy, Gracie Allen Award & a Peabody.