Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Sad News...

Two Police Dogs were maimed/killed recently apprehending dangerous criminals; one a predatory sex offender fugitive in Sandy and the other a convicted murderer desiring to kill a Police Officer in Clark County.

Public Memorial Service info follows:

Ceremony Set to Honor Koda,
The Gresham Police Department will take a moment to say ‘farewell’ to Koda, as well as ‘thank you’ to the many who have supported the Police Department in a ceremony scheduled for October 31st, at City Hall. Police Chief Carla Piluso will be on hand to honor Koda for his service and thank the members of the public who provided support after Koda was injured while tracking a dangerous suspect.

Chief Piluso will make several presentations, as a way to say thank you to the many that have supported Koda, who was injured while apprehending a wanted felon earlier this year. In the course of the arrest, Koda fell off of a cliff, breaking his leg and ending his career as a police Canine. Among the recipients scheduled to be honored:

• Safeway, for their generous donation to the K-9 unit;
• Southeast Portland Animal Clinic for their donation of services related to Koda’s injuries;
• Betty White, for her contributions and continued support of the K-9 unit;
• A retirement plaque will be presented to Koda and his handler Officer Shaun Debler;

When: Wednesday October 31st 11:00 a.m.
Where: Gresham City Hall Plaza—1333 NW Eastman Pkwy Gresham, OR (the Plaza is located on the South side by the MAX tracks)

Dakota Memorial Fund
On October 23, 2007 Vancouver Police K9 Dakota was killed while searching for an armed suspect during a SWAT mission. The Vancouver Police Department has set up a memorial fund for anyone wanting to make a donation toward the purchase of a new Vancouver Police K9.

The Vancouver Police Department will be holding a remembrance ceremony for K9 Dakota to recognize his service to the department and the community. The ceremony is open to the public.

Date: Monday, November 5. 2007
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium (5700 E.18th Street)
At the request of Officer Roger Evans, Dakota was laid to rest in a private burial ceremony held on Sunday October 28, 2007.

The Vancouver Police Department cannot accept donations directly. All donations must be directed to the ‘Dakota Memorial Fund’ established at the Bank of Clark County. All money collected for this fund will go toward the purchase and training of a Vancouver Police K9. Any additional funding that exceeds those costs will be used exclusively for the Vancouver Police Department K9 unit.

Details for donating to the ‘Dakota Memorial Fund’ include:
Donations of cash or checks (checks must be made payable to ‘Dakota Memorial Fund’) can be dropped off in person at the Bank of Clark County branch at 1400 Washington Street in Vancouver.

Donations can be mailed to the Bank of Clark County (attn: ‘Dakota Memorial Fund’ on outside of envelope and on check), PO Box 61725, Vancouver, WA 98666-1725.
Donation envelopes that can be mailed to the Bank of Clark County are available at any Vancouver Police precinct during regular office hours (M-F, 8am-5pm)
East- 520 SE 155th Avenue
West- 2800 NE Stapleton Rd.
Headquarters-605 E Evergreen Blvd