Heidi and Officer Simons honored at New York Giants Game
October 29, 2021
Yale Police Service dog Heidi and her handler Officer Richard Simons were honored at Sunday’s New York Giants (NY Giants) game.
A graduate of Puppies Behind Bars (PBB), Heidi and several other dogs and handlers were invited to the NY Giants game at MetLife Stadium by Kathleen Mara. The Mara family owns the NY Giants, and Kathleen is on the board of Puppies Behind Bars.
Every year they honor PBB service dogs and their handlers at a home game. This year Heidi and Officer Simons watched the NY Giants beat the Carolina Panthers 25 to 3 from the Mara family’s private box. In addition, they were escorted onto the field during the first quarter to be honored along with other (PBB) service teams.
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for
wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months.
“What an amazing experience for me and my best friend and partner, Heidi, truly the highlight of my 28 years in law enforcement,” said Officer Simons. “We want to thank Gloria Stoga Gilbert, the founder and owner of Puppies Behind Bars, and the Mara family for an amazing day.”