Winnebago County Sheriff's Office receives donations for new K9 unit
Winnebago County Sheriff's current K9 Chico and his handler, Deputy Eric Pearson
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) -
Members of the Rockford Area CrimeStoppers' Board of Directors presented a check to Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana for a new K9 and two Kevlar bullet proof vests for both the new and existing K9.
CrimeStoppers raised $78,073.90 through donations over a period of 6 months. Board Chairperson Arles Hendershott says more than 50 percent of the donations came from county residents. School groups also raised money for the new K9 as well as the following local businesses and organizations:
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Woodward Charitable Trust
Great Rockford Veterinary Medical Association
Oscars Pub and Grill
Paper Recovery/Frank Graceffa
Hendershott says while everyone is concerned about crime, CrimeStoppers wanted to take action and do something to fight it, and she said those who donated also wanted to step up and fight crime.