SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 18, 2014

Students wish Danvers K-9 a speedy recovery

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Falco, the Danvers Police Department K-9, is injured and off the job until the end of the month, so elementary students have been busy writing, drawing, cutting, pasting and coloring get-well cards for the longtime police dog.

“Get well Falco!” reads a card sitting atop a stack on a table in Thorpe Elementary School’s main office yesterday.

“I hope you feel better soon,” reads another.

The kids got pretty creative when it came to sending their good wishes to the town’s K-9. A pop-up card read: “Hope your [sic] back on duty soon!”

Kids in the library class and second-graders worked on their cards during indoor recess yesterday. Students in all five of the town’s elementary schools have been making the cards since Falco has been off the job.

The cards for Falco were the idea of Patrolman Jarod Waterman, who works with K-9 officer Justin Ellenton, Falco’s handler. Waterman wanted to do something to cheer up Ellenton. He said Falco is a hit with students at the Police Department on Ash Street during the town’s annual open house celebration.

“The biggest thing when we do the open house in town, (is when) Justin does the demonstration. All the kids love it,” Waterman said.

He said he has collected several hundred cards, all hoping Falco makes a speedy recovery.

Students in Annie Tricca’s second-grade class were in the library with Thorpe library aide Johanna Aggelikas when Waterman came by to pick up the cards.

Matthew Shannon showed off a bright orange card he drew that read: “Get better Falco.”

Student Devin Silva made Falco a mock bone.

“I thought he might like it,” he said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.