Hometown Helpers: Law enforcement chaplain and comfort dog serve the community with trauma and crisis care

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IDAHO FALLS – Each week EastIdahoNews.com brings you the Hometown Helpers in our community. We want to shine a light on the firefighters, police officers, municipal workers, snow plow drivers and others who keep our cities and counties running smoothly.

This week we feature Pam Inman and K9 Trixie. Inman is a Law Enforcement Chaplain with Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Idaho, a nonprofit organization trained in trauma and crisis care that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and free to anyone.

“We have about 30 chaplains,” Inman said.

K9 Trixie is his partner and is a chaplaincy comfort dog. He’s a mix of border collie and six-year-old Australian Shepherd.

“She’s really good at taking people’s attention away from the tragic event that happened, kind of giving them a break, a minute to breathe, something else to think about, calming the moment and helping people people to pull themselves together so they can move on. ,” she says.

Inman explained that when some people hear the word chaplain or chaplaincy, they think of religion.

“No one here is going to expound their religious views, throw a Bible at you, or try to baptize anyone. We are here to help. This is purely our goal. Once people get past the word chaplain, it’s just a title, a term that fits our name. We are here to help you,” she said.

Inman and K9 Trixie work in Madison County, Bonneville County and Rigby. They also went as far as Swan Valley.

“We play a good role at Rigby Middle School,” she said.

They visit the children of Rigby Middle School and help them. They have been doing this since two students and a guard were shot in May 2021. They have not been killed.

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“We go there twice a week and it’s to the point that people expect us to be there,” Inman said. “It’s really nice to know that we are now part of their family and that we can help them on a daily basis.”

K9 Trixie is loved by so many and she loves everyone back.

“Her heart and soul are so pure. She’s an example to everyone of that unconditional love and when she looks into your eyes with those little amber eyes, she just looks into your soul and says, “I love you. It’s amazing and anyone who meets her can see that,” Inman said.

Inman enjoys her work with K9 Trixie and is grateful to help her.

“I have always had a sense of service. I joined the Air Force when I was 18, then the sheriff’s department and now this. I just love helping people my God. My life has been so blessed and having the opportunity to continue to give back to others is my purpose and also Trixie’s joy,” she said.

Inman and Trixie show that they are Hometown Helpers every day by building up the community.

The Idaho Law Enforcement Chaplaincy has a 24-hour helpline if you need trauma and crisis assistance (208) 471-8111. Click here to visit their website.

Inman explained that the Idaho law enforcement chaplaincy also has community chaplains and firefighter chaplains. Each chaplain undergoes extensive training to comfort everyone in their difficult times.

Trixie K9 training to serve local fire departments. | Courtesy of Pam Inman

K9 Trixie has a Facebook page if you want to follow her. Click here.

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Trixie and Pam
K9 Trixie and Pam Inman. | Courtesy of Pam Inman
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