Lisa Higgins and K-9 Partners Molli and Maggie
Lisa was the first to come up with the idea of having a canine search and rescue team in the state of Louisiana. In 1989, she brought a group of people together to discuss pursuing this ideal. After that meeting she and her daughter Troi-Marie were the only two that moved forward to help form the first search and rescue dog team in the State of Louisiana, LaSAR.
Lisa has devoted herself to helping local, state and federal agencies dealing with searches for missing persons, lost hunters, homicides and article searches for murder weapons. She has responded to over 250 searches in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Vancouver, British Columbia with her canine partners Frosty a Golden Retriever, now deceased, Molli, her Labrador Retriever, and Maggie, her Australian Shepherd. On her first search, she and her canine partner Frosty located the body of a drown victim that was four feet under water and three feet under sand. This would mark the start of search and rescue canines being used in the state on a regular basis.
She, Molli and Maggie have obtained their NASAR Canine SARTECH III™ certification in Land HRD and NNDDA HRD. Lisa also serves as a Coordinator for the NASAR Canine SARTECH III™ program. In addition, she is one of two handlers qualified as an "Expert" in canine body recovery in New Orleans Criminal Courts. Lisa has worked in law enforcement since 1982, currently serving as a reserve officer with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. A SSgt. with the Special Operations Division she works with the mounted and K-9 SAR units and serves over 1,000 volunteer hours yearly.
Lisa is a member of the Federal DMORT Region VI Team, Louisiana and Texas State Mass Fatalities Taskforce. She is the recipient of the NASAR 2001 State of Louisiana Award for excellence in canine training and response, and the proliferation of the NASAR SARTECH™ Certification Program in the State of Louisiana.
Lisa has also co-authored several articles and a book chapter on water search and recovery.