TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Officer Charles Ramsey grew up in Owasso, dreaming to one day be a K9 officer. His new partner, explosive detection K9 Topa Talbot, has a special history behind her name. Together, they're the newest pair patrolling Tulsa International Airport.
After years with Tulsa Police, Officer Ramsey heard about an opening as a K9 officer and jumped at the opportunity. His mom was a dispatcher at Tulsa International Airport, so he grew up around the force, and knew a K9 officer was the career goal for him.
"I remember the very first dogs, and watching them I always told my mom I want to be a K9 handler when I grow up," Officer Ramsey said. "And one thing led to another, and here I am."
Topa Talbot is the name of his 19-month-old partner. "Talbot" is a salute to Phyllis Talbot, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Ms. Talbot was 53 years old.
"To carry on the namesake of someone who passed away during September 11, and then to show we’re still remembering them, and they still have a goal, it’s one of those things that touches you," Officer Ramsey said.
He went on, "it’s just one more thing to remember why we’re truly here, and what our job is, and what we’re doing."
Officer Ramsey says he and Topa will be all over - patrolling events, parades, marathons, and the airport.