On Friday, Special Tactics and Rescue Services (STARS) will say goodbye to KARMA, the 2 year old Bloodhound that lost his life Sunday afternoon searching for a child in the Ooltewah area. Visitation will be Friday, August 8 from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department Training Center located at

The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. and the internment will follow at Hamilton County STARS Station 1 at

All memorial donations  can be made to Hamilton County STARS and will be used for their K-9 program.

The Hamilton County Special Teams and Rescue Services (STARS) responded to 4511 Woodland Drive to search for a missing 13-year-old male autistic child just before 2 Sunday afternoon. The child was found unharmed and was returned to his parents a short time later. When responders were returning to the command post area, a car came around a curve and hit and killed the STARS search dog "KARMA."  

KARMA was a 2-year-old, certified bloodhound belonging to Justin Whaley, a STARS member and a Paramedic with Hamilton County EMS.

On behalf of everyone in Hamilton County Emergency Services, the HCES extends their deepest sympathies to the Whaley Family for their tragic loss.