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Dog searches for bombs and protects troops

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -  A U.S. Marine from Cedar Falls and his dog, are making it safer for their fellow soldiers. 

Taylor Cross, 21, is a Marine corporal and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2012. He is the caretaker and trainer for Vito, an explosive detector dog. They both are currently serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan. Vito is trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, ahead of the troops for removal and defusing by explosive ordnance disposal technicians, or EODs, according to the Waterloo Courier. 

Taylor corresponded with The Courier in writing via Facebook on Saturday, having just returned from a mission. His job, and Vito's, he said, is to save lives. It's a job he sought before the unit, based in Twenty nine Palms, Calif., was deployed to Afghanistan. Taylor also told the Courier that Vito and other IDD dogs are a "great tool on our arsenal to combat the overwhelming IED threat," he wrote, "because it allows us to push the dog out much further than any of our other tools, to search for and locate and possible explosives ... That stand-off distance is important when dealing with any type of explosive. I can use my IDD to search anything, from open danger areas and roads, to buildings and vehicles.

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