Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Search and Rescue Dogs in Training

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This is Us crew follow search and rescue dog, Nino, on training mission

Over the rubble, through the tunnel and down the ladder they go. It's all in a day's training for Search & Rescue dogs like Nino, pictured above. It takes more than a year of training for a dog to become certified
for this valuable but dangerous work. It takes a very committed human, like Marin County Fire Captain, Jim Boggeri, to teach a dog this lifesaving trick.

Capt.Jim  Boggeri and his dog, Recon

Capt.Jim Boggeri and his dog, Recon

Boggeri, like all "Canine Specialists" is a volunteer. He and his first dog, Recon, were involved in many rescue missions including at Hurricane Katrina and, closer to home, a mud slde in Mill Valley.

This is Us followed Boggeri as he put Nino through his paces on the local training course.

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This is Us Takes Flight

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TIU Crew Takes Off with CAL Fire

Recently the TIU crew headed up to Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest to spend a day with firefighters training in California Fire's air program. The focus of their story was helicopter Pilot Tom Humman, who's previous job was flying Marine 1 for President George W. Bush.

Cameraman, Steve Kern and Production Assistant, Joey Munoz set-up three cameras inside the Super Huey Helicopter to cover all the action. Then 8 of the state's most elite firefighters jumped aboard and Humman took off into the gray, fall sky.

Producer, John Gregg, a former paratrooper, was content to watch from the ground and snap this pictures as Humman dropped water, collected from a nearby river, on targets in the forest.

Be sure to watch This is us Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm and learn about Tom Humman's fascinating career as the President's pilot.


Place: Donnelly Chocolates

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Becca visits World Famous Donnelly Chocolates in Santa Cruz, where Richard Donnelly shows us how he makes fine chocolate.


Profile: Jeremiah Ridgeway

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Jeremiah Ridgeway, a US Army Calvary Scout with the 10th Mountain Division, served 15 months in combat in Afghanistan. During that time he was able to take some remarkable photographs. One of which, was published in National Geographic.