In Saginaw, Michigan—a city plagued with gang violence—Officer Joaquin Guerrero sensed God’s call to work the dangerous night streets with his K9 partner, a ninety-pound German shepherd police dog named Rookie. On 9/11, Guerrero and Rookie responded to Ground Zero to help in the search efforts. For seven long days the pair worked “The Pile” with a never-give-up spirit. With Rookie as his mascot, Guerrero created Precinct 131, an educational program to keep kids from turning to gangs. Michigan and is a remarkable story of service to community and country.
Joaquin Guerrero As Told To Barbara Marshak
Barbara Marshak is the author of Hidden Heritage: The Story of Paul LaRoche, the inspiring biography of the Native American recording artist, Brulé. Hidden Heritage earned Finalist in the Biography cate¬gory of the National Indie Excellence Awards (2007) and the USA Best Book Awards (2006). Barbara also co-writes for Hidden Heri¬tage, a documentary-style television series based on the book and hosted by Paul LaRoche on RFD-TV.
Barbara’s writing portfolio includes over 150 published pieces, and in 2010 two of her short stories were selected for publication: Prairie Promises (first place) in a regional literary journal, and Lost Letters (finalist) in a western anthology. In 2008 Barbara won the Bearlodge Writers Residency at the Devils Tower National Monu¬ment, Wyoming. Barbara resides in Minnesota with her husband and family.