Vinings Rotary Outfits K-9 Patrol Vehicle

VRotary 20130619_7The Vinings Rotary Club recently purchased the necessary gear to help outfit a K-9 patrol vehicle for the Cobb County Police Department. This idea was implemented after a luncheon where the Vinings Rotarians honored police officers for their service. Vinings Rotarian Brenda Borden asked about Cobb’s police dogs and was told that they severely short of police dogs. She then came up with the idea of raising funds for a new dog to go along with District Gov. Cheryl Greenway’s love of animals and her request for all Rotary clubs to do projects along the lines of “animals helping people.”

Grant Adams, Vinings Rotary past president, wrote a district grant for the majority of funds. Marietta Metro Rotary donated $200 and the Vinings Business Association provided the final $332 to make the purchase.

The equipment was presented to Lt. Terry Blackmer, head of the K-9 unit, Officer Sam Rickerson, officer Mark Blakeney, as well as two K-9 officers Aries and Diesel. Diesel attended the Rotary luncheon with Lt. Blankney and was a perfect example of a well-behaved K-9 officer.

Outfitting the K-9 unit are, from left, top, Rotarian Gant Adams, Rotarian Brenda Borden, Louis DeLuca, president of the Vinings Business Association; K-9 officer Aries, officer Sam Rickerson, Rotarian Bill Borden, Lieut. Terry Blackmer, officer Mark Blankney, and K-9 officer Diesel.

 From the July 2013 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.