City of Willowick dedicates new police dog memorial

City of Willowick dedicates new police dog memorial
A new police dog memorial stands in Willowick. (Source: WOIO)
A new police dog memorial stands in Willowick. (Source: WOIO)

WILLOWICK, OH (WOIO) - There is a special new memorial in Willowick honoring service dogs of Lake County.

Tuesday, the City of Willowick revealed a memorial honoring 17 service dogs that worked in Lake County.

Fifth graders from Royalview Elementary contributed with bake sales and fundraisers. They're part of the mayor's D.A.R. E. challenge.

"We like to get our community involved with not only the police department but with the schools and we like to get our children involved and this is a great opportunity to do that," said Sgt. Carol Ice, Willowick Police Department.

"It was sad to know that they honor, because of the work they've done for Willowick and everyone and it's kind of sad to see them pass away for how much work and I'm sure they'll be remembered to what they've done," said fifth grader Colin Pershinske.

The idea came from Mayor Rich Bonde, who started the project five years ago but didn't get to see it through. He died earlier this year. Current Mayor Richard Regovich says this memorial was a priority.

"Lucky enough I was able to call a lot of the people that you see, a lot of the sponsors and they generously gave time and money and donations and got it done. It came close to the end but we're here today and the kids did a great job," said Regovich.

"I feel like it's a good job. Like the dogs really help out the officers and can help people out really well," said Kyle Hall.

"For these kids to be able to come back here 20 years from now and see this, it's just a great thing. he always did a good job of keeping the community involved so, we're glad we could help out," said Sgt. Jeff Mastroianni.

The memorial is one of a kind there in Lake County.

It is free and open to the public to come and pay tribute.

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