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SCMPD celebrates 25 years of mounted patrol service

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Sgt. Gene Lawhorn kisses his granddaughter Mia at the 25th Anniversary event. (Source: SCMPD/Twitter) Sgt. Gene Lawhorn kisses his granddaughter Mia at the 25th Anniversary event. (Source: SCMPD/Twitter)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit is celebrating 25 years of service. 

The Mounted Patrol Unit was formed in 1988, starting off with just with four horses and four riders. Now the unit has expanded to six teams. 

On Tuesday, city and county leaders invited the public to join them for a 25th anniversary celebration and demonstration in Forsyth Park.

The six team unit strutted for an audience at Forsyth Park. Bobby, Bubba, Lee, Jackson, Sherman and Red were treated with carrots while their partners received plaques.

The rider that has been there since the beginning said you can be the best rider, but you've got to have a horse fit for this type of work.

"Everything going on around him; you got buses and cars and trucks on him all the time," said sgt. Gene Lawhorn. "It's not your everyday horse, believe me. They have to go through a lot and endure a lot, and have to have a really great temperament, like you see he's laid back."

Lawhorn and Bubba have been riding together for 12 years.

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