State’s Attorney

Meet Bunker

Russell Baker

Grundy County State’s Attorney



Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 5PM

Friday: 8AM – 4:30 PM


(815) 941-3276


(815) 942-0142


111 Washingtom St, Morris, IL, 60450

State’s Attorney Facility Dog


Meet Bunker



State’s Attorney’s Facility Dog

Bunker’s main job is to comfort victims and witnesses as they go through the court process. He is available to be involved in any meeting the victim or witness may need to attend and can provide comfort before and after hearings as well. Bunker also provides comfort to children who participate in Victim Sensitive Interviews at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Once a week, Bunker also visits the participants in the alternative treatment court programs before they enter into the courtroom.


If you see Bunker out at the Courthouse, feel free to ask to pet him and say hello!

 For all inquiries regarding Bunker, please contact Sydney Bartels, Victim/Witness Services Coordinator at (815)941-3279 or

The Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office has a certified facility dog named Bunker. Bunker is a golden retriever and yellow labrador mix who was born on January 31, 2022. He was trained by Paws Giving Independence – a nonprofit in Peoria, Illinois. Bunker went through the same training as a service dog would, but loved cuddles a little too much so he became a facility dog instead. Paws Giving Independence is an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited organization who provides service dogs and facility dogs to qualifying individuals. Bunker graduated from his training with Paws Giving Independence on November 21, 2023. He was sworn in by Judge Scott Belt on November 29, 2023 as the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s first facility dog.

At the end of each day, he gets to go home with his handler and mom, Sydney Bartels (Victim/Witness Services Coordinator). When Bunker is not at work, he gets to be an ordinary dog. As soon as he takes his vest and leash off, he knows he is off duty and gets to run outside. He loves playing fetch, chewing on bones, and getting head scratches. His favorite time of day is when he gets to eat. His favorite trick to do is spin – which he does every day before breakfast and dinner.


Bunker’s Swearing In Ceremony

November 29, 2023

Oath Administrator – Judge Scott Belt

Handler – Sydney Bartels

State’s Attorney – Russell Baker

To view the video on Facebook click on the link below for the swearing in ceremony:

Happy Holidays!

Love, Bunker & SAO

Bunker Got Sworn In

November 29, 2023

Bunker and Mom Graduated from Paws Giving Independence NFP

Bunker Had the Honor of being Introduced at the Grundy County Board Meeting

Life outside of work

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