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Fosterburg 4-H Club Makes Donation to Alton Police K9 Fund

November 14, 2013

The Fosterburg Ag 4H Club presented Alton Police Department Officers Marcos Pulido and Emily Hejna a check for $250 in November, for the benefit of the Alton Police K9 Fund. Officer Pulido has long wanted to have a K9 partner, but with budget cuts, he was tasked with fundraising to meet the hefty price tag of obtaining, training, and caring for a police dog.

The club raised funds during the summer of 2013 by selling concessions at the Foster Township Concerts in the Park. Upon hearing of Officer Pulido's efforts to raise funds for a new police dog, the club members knew this would be a worthy community service project to support.

Officer Pulido attended the club's November meeting and gave a very informative presentation about the police dog program. Club members and their families learned that police dogs provide many valuable services to the community, such as drug detection; tracking of suspects, evidence and missing people; and protection to the human officers. The police dog and the handler go through constant training and socialization, both on the job and at home with the human officer. The funds donated to the Alton Police K9 Fund will be used to help with the cost of acquiring the dog and the extensive training for both the dog and Officer Pulido.

Officers Pulido and Hejna were so appreciative of the efforts of the club in support of the K9 Fund. The Fosterburg Ag 4H Club is looking forward to Officer Pulido visiting again in about a year with his new K9 partner.

4-H is the largest out of school education program in the United States. Join in the fun and learning and become part of a club today! For more information about a 4-H club in your community contact Laurie Kusterman at 618-344-4230.

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