Autumn M. - Unit 9

Autumn M Hometown: Texas

Status: K9 Handler and VSRDA webmaster

Alter Ego: Personal Dog Trainer with Steady Dog Training

Qualifications: VSRDA Evaluator, ARDA Evaluator. Search Team Member & Management Team Member with the Virgina Department of Emergency Management. First Aid & CPR with AED. Prior EMT-B. 

DOG: K9 Kona
In Memory:  K9 Cooper

Recommended Reading: Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Major Deployments/Misc: Making the find with your K9 partner. 

Most Memorable Moment: Seeing the faces of family members when they find out their loved one is alive and well. 

Notes: "My husband & I both participated in SAR with our first dog, Cooper. We trained the dog together for area search. It wasn't easy and we needed to communicate, even the most minuscule things. However, sharing SAR with a spouse is truly fantastic."

In 2013, while using the metro system in Washington DC, I had to help a woman deliver her baby. #metrobaby

Photos of Autumn

 web 2018-09 K9-Kona Chesty-XV
K9 Kona & Autumn met with Chesty XV and his handler, Cpl. Martinez in September 2018 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. 


Autumn asking K9 for directions
"Hey, Cooper, should we have taken a left at Albaquerque?"


Autumn & K9 Cooper's 160-acre test
Autumn & K9 Cooper on their 160-acre test in 2009.