Brett Spivy and Axel place 2nd in nation
By Karen Hall
A Lewisburg native and his canine partner recently placed second in the nation at the United States Police Canine Association National Field Trials.
Brett Spivy, 31, is the son of Cecilia and Tommy Spivy. He graduated from Marshall County High School in 2002, and from UT Martin in 2006. He was hired by the Franklin Police Department in 2007, and joined the K9 unit in 2008. Spivy and Axel won the USPCA Regionals in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
This year the National Field Trials were held in Wilson, N.C., and 46 agencies sent a total of 104 officer-dog teams to compete.
Spivy and Axel placed second in Total Search, third in Criminal Apprehension, and third in Agility, for a total score of 690.5, out of a possible 700 points. This is the highest score ever achieved by a K9 team from Franklin Police Department.
Capt. James Broussard of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Indo were the National Trial Champions with a total score of 693.34.
Since he retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol after 34 years of service, Tommy has been traveling to competitions with his son, and says he thoroughly enjoys it. Axel has been on visits home to Lewisburg with Brett, and Cecilia says he is like a normal dog, accepting their hugging and loving, until "Brett gives him one of his commands," and then he's all business again.