WESTON, WI (WSAU) - A combination of fundraisers and a successful grant has helped the Everest Metro Police Department get their next K9 officer.
Chief Wally Sparks says the local community really came through to help the department. “We got a grant through K9’s For Cops that paid $10,000 for the purchase of the dog. We’ve raised enough to cover the other expenses for the training and lodging and all of that stuff, so he started a couple of days ago (Monday) for six weeks of training with his new dog.”
The Chief says the Everest Metro officer that will be handling the new K9 is Officer Matt Krembs, but the dog’s name is still a bit of a mystery. “The dog’s name? I don’t know what he settled on. They name all of the dogs through the kennel, and I think his name was Aaron-3. A lot of the dogs have numbers behind them because they go through several hundred dogs. I asked him to let me know when they came up with the final name and I don’t know if he was staying with Aaron or if he was coming up with another name. He’s probably looking for some input from his family on that, too.”
Sparks says the new animal should be on the force working by mid May.
Lord is the present K9 officer with the Everest Metro Police Department. Lord joined the force in 2005 when his handler, officer Robert Dickerson was hired by Everest Metro Police.
Retired police dogs stay with their handlers for life, so don’t be surprised if you occasionally see Lord back in the squad car after his retirement.