Our office mascot, Magnum, reminds us to keep everything in perspective. Work-life balance is important to good work and a great life. After a great life, Magnum passed on in 2014.
As part of our philanthropic efforts, our employees selected The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) as our top non-profit organization. We selected SDF because of our love of dogs and because the organization's mission to train search and rescue dogs aligns with our homeland security focus. Learn more about our community involvement efforts.
Arc Aspicio has sponsored five search dog teams, including:
John Stewart and Lani
Arc Aspicio sponsors search team John Stewart and Lani of Saratoga Springs, New York. The entire company first met them when they attended our 2010 Spring Celebration that raised awareness and money for the organization. John, a firefighter who also works for two ambulance squads, brings Lani, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, to work with him when they are not on a search deployment.
The pair attained Basic Certification in June 2006. A few days later, they deployed to assist with rescue efforts at the scene of a flood in central New York. Read about John and Lani's efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Arc Aspicio raised the money to pay for the team training over the past few years through corporate giving and fundraisers, including silent auctions, raffles, and ‘pay to wear jeans’ days.
Jeff and Justice
The company was excited to learn that its new search dog team would include firefighter Jeff Leon of the Tulsa Fire Department and canine Justice.
Justice is a beautiful Golden / Labrador Retriever mix who was rescued from an animal shelter in California. She began her training with SDF on September 11, 2010. In June 2011, Justice met her trainer Jeff and it was clear that the two shared similar personality traits and made an excellent team.
The pair is currently working on their Certification that will enable them to deploy anywhere in the state of Oklahoma and the surrounding region with Oklahoma Task Force 1.
Eric and Ben
The company’s newest search dog team is firefighter Eric Darling of the Ridley Park Fire Department and his canine Ben, a big Black Labrador. Arc Aspicio raises money for SDF as part of its Community Involvement initiative. The company also raises awareness and provides pro-bono consulting services.
In February 2014, the pair achieved FEMA Re-Certification. Eric and Ben successfully deployed to five missing person’s sites since they were paired in June 2010. Ben’s unbelievable drive and trainability propelled him through formal training, and he is famous for being so excited to go searching that he pulls trainers over just getting to the search pile. Eric was originally assigned to California Task Force 5, but recently transferred to Pennsylvania Task Force 1 with Ben.