Retired Mine Detection Dog Sammy visited third, fourth, and fifth-graders on the Stamford campus of North Mianus School on Wednesday at their Marshall Legacy Institute’s annual CHAMPS presentation.
North Mianus has been actively involved with CHAMPS (Children Against Mines Program) for the past 11 years and has helped sponsor three dogs, Palmer, Emily, and Hawk, all currently in active service throughout the world.
After six years of dedicated and lifesaving work sniffing out landmines in Sri Lanka, MDD Sammy, a Belgian shepherd, retired in the fall of 2019 and is now MLI’s Canine Ambassador.
MLI President and Executive Director Retired Colonel Perry F. Baltimore III, received a surprise visit from Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo, who presented him with a proclamation honoring his partnership with Greenwich Public Schools and celebrating his pending retirement from MLI.
“We thank Col. Baltimore for his partnership with North Mianus,” said Principal Schmidt. “His years of dedication to our country and children worldwide has made this planet a safer place to live.”