20 Jun '16, 1pm

RIP, Katrina the Beagle, @920thRescueWing mascot. The hurricane refugee passed away this weekend.

RIP, Katrina the Beagle, @920thRescueWing mascot. The hurricane refugee passed away this weekend.

Nowadays, 13-year-old Katrina the beagle sleeps most days on a comfortable carpet in her Orlando, Fla., home, spending spare time time getting treats and hugs as the mascot of the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base. But eight years ago today, the small dog faced the same terror as other New Orleans residents trapped by flood waters pouring forth after the city’s protective levees were breached during Hurricane Katrina. Within a day of the storm making landfall in Louisiana, members of the 920th, including the 301st Rescue Squadron, were on scene, plucking the stranded to safety. The 301st’s Maj. Mike Brasher, co-pilot Robert Haston, now a lieutenant colonel, and the rest of an HH-60 Pave Hawk crew arrived in the Crescent City on Aug. 30. After flying for 13 hours and a brief rest, they were back on the job Sept. 1, when they took notice of an unusual sight: While co...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/archives/2013...

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