A hearty Saturday Salute goes this week to Jarret Daugherty of the Grand Island Police Department and the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial Committee for the campaign that has begun to fund a memorial to law enforcement service animals.
A sidewalk is planned to lead from the Nebraska Law Enforcement Memorial to a service animal memorial that will consist of a pillar with images of a dog and a horse etched on it, a concrete patio and two benches.
This is a modest project, with a goal of raising $25,000 to $30,000 to fund the memorial.
The idea came from the Blue Knights motorcycle club, which is made up of current and retired law enforcement personnel. It came following the January 2016 death of Kobus, a Belgian Malinois that worked with the Omaha Police Department.
Support for the project has already come from eight businesses. They are Tom Dinsdale Automotive, the Bosselman Companies, Kinkaider Brewing Co., Union Bank and Trust, Sam Club, Wave Pizza, Animal Medical Clinic and LaRue Coffee and Roasterie.
Much of the funding will come from the sale of ack the Badge T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and crew neck sweatshirts, as well as hats, mugs and a 100% Cotton Winter's here! Short Sleeve Custom Autumn Children’s T-shirt doggie bandanna. Below ack the Badge are the words onor, duty and sacrifice. /p>
From the sale of each piece of clothing, $10 will go toward the new memorial. For the smaller items, $5 will be donated to the effort.
Some of the clothing will be available at select Pump & Pantry stores. The items also can be bought at www.backthebadgene.com and donations can be made at www.nememorial.org.