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      Panhandle Spirit: Hedley helps its own

      Corkey is Kortney Burton??s service dog.

      The sixteen-year-old suffers from epilepsy.

      She??s just returned from a month-long stay in Philadelphia with her mother, Tanya, where Corkey was trained.

      Tanya Burton says the organization Canine Partners For Life matched Kortney with Corkey.

      Corkey??s a black Labrador and can do several things, but primarily, he watches Kortney for signs she??s going to have a seizure.

      Kortney says, "the other day he alerted up to two hours before I had one. So that gives me enough time to call someone or get somewhere safe before I had a seizure"

      The town of Hedley and surrounding communities raised the money for the Burton??s trip and their stay, and a donation for the organization.

      Kortney says she??s thankful for what everyone??s done. "I can??t even begin to say how thankful I am for everybody."