Sandy Banthem joined the team in 2007 and became an Operational Flanker in 2008. In 2015 she became an Operational K9 Handler with her Air Scent dog, Sage. Sandy holds a NASAR SARTECH II Certification, a Canine SARTECH III Area Search Certification, and an Amateur Radio Technician license. Sandy lives in Fallston, Maryland with her husband and their three German Shepherds, Sage, Drago, and Yara, who recently began training as an Air Scent/Human Remains Detection K9.
Sage is a German Shepherd Dog who holds a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Certification, NASAR Canine SARTECH III Area Search certification, and is currently operational as a Wilderness Air Scent K9. She loves spending time with her handler, Sandy, playing with her Frisbees, and ice cubes.
Yara is a German Shepherd Dog who is currently part of team’s puppy program where she is training as an Air Scent/Human Remains Detection K9. Yara’s favorite things are spiky balls and torturing her big “sister”, Sage.