Kiwanis K-9 fund receives a boost

Westlake Police Chief Kevin Bielozer, left, and auxiliary officer Rick Grane, right, accept a donation from ECHO Health chairman and CEO Bill Davis and assistant general counsel Katie Hoosenally (holding daughter Harper). Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis project to provide drug dogs for the Westlake Police Department K-9 fund received a major boost with a donation from ECHO Health Inc. Located in Westlake, ECHO Health is a leading innovator of healthcare payment solutions. Bill Davis, chairman and CEO, presented the Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation Canine Fund with a check for $11,000.

With the increase of drugs and drug-related crimes, the need for more dogs is obvious. These dogs will be used not only by Westlake but other surrounding departments as needed.

"These dogs are used in all facets of the criminal apprehension of drug traffickers," said Rick Grane, a Westlake Kiwanian and auxiliary police officer. "They are also used to establish a relationship within the community for preventative education on drugs such as DARE and Safety Town."

Each dog costs about $15,000. Officer training, car and equipment can total between $5,000 and $8,000. 

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club. The Aktion Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis the same as a Key, Builders and Circle K Clubs. Aktion Club is for adults with disabilities 18 years of age and up. The new President of the Westlake Kiwanis asked me handle publicity for the Kiwanis and Aktion Clubs.I am a retired Manager of Expenditures for the CSX Corp. I moved to Cleveland's exteme Westside 10 years ago from Freeport, PA a town about 30 miles northeast east of Pittsburgh where I had lived all my life. Work related issues brought my family to Cleveland.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017