ROYAL OAK, Mich. (FOX 2) – The newest member of the security team at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital doesn’t wear a badge, but this German Shepherd can spot a problem right away – meet 20-month-old Eros.
“Eros is trained in obedience and aggression in explosive detection,” said his handler and partner, officer Angelo Gritsas. “He started K9 academy on December 13 (and) for 12 weeks, it was Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.”
“During this period we ran and walked a lot, I lost 25 pounds during this period.”
All of this training is put to good use on hospital property. Angelo and Eros patrol outside and walk together inside.
“We visit patients, visitors, staff sometimes,” he said. “We go to the patients, they want to pet the dog.”
During a protest on Thursday, Angelo hid equipment on the hospital campus to show how quickly Eros can react to potential danger.
“Find him, find him,” he said – as Eros got to work.
Eros is trained – and determined – to detect any potential danger, whether visible or not.
“Find him,” Angelo said. “Good check.
“What’s the matter buddy? Good job buddy.”
And that earns this K-9 a treat.
Across the country, many hospital workers have seen an increase in attacks which many believe is due to the Covid pandemic and they say more security is welcome.
“We’re trying to be proactive rather than reactive right now,” Angelo said.
Eros is ready for any mission that comes his way, whether it’s sniffing out trouble or bringing joy to everyone he meets. Angelo thinks his name says it all.
“It comes from Greek mythology – the Greek ‘for love’ so he loves what he does, the patients, the visitors, the staff,” he said.