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Police K-9 fundraiser passes halfway mark


Burgerville will donate proceeds to new dog during bicycle safety fair on Saturday

by: FILE PHOTO - Tigard Police and the Tigard Breakfast Rotary will be hosting a bicycle safety fair at Tigard Burgerville on Saturday as a fundraiser for a new K-9 unit. Bring your bike and helmet to Burgerville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.The Tigard Police Department is well on its way to securing the funding for a new police dog.

Tigard Police and the Tigard Breakfast Rotary have been fundraising for months to bring a second K-9 team on board.

It’s an expensive proposition. Between the dog, training and gear, Tigard Police are hoping to raise about $15,000.

But the two groups have so far raised about $9,900 toward their goal, with another fundraiser planned for Saturday.

“We are well on our way,” said Ken Bray, a Tigard Breakfast Rotary member who is leading the fundraising effort. “Our motto is ‘Service above self’ and that’s really what it’s all about.”

About $6,000 was donated by Tigard businesses Landmark Ford and Woodcraft on Main Street.

“We are ecstatic as we move forward,” Bray said. “We gave ourselves a two-year timeframe to do this, and we hope to beat that badly.”

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What: Kids Bicycle Safety Fair

Where: Tigard Burgerville, 12875 S.W. Pacific Highway

When: Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What to bring: Children are asked to bring their bicycle and their helmet

How to get involved: 10 percent of proceeds from Burgerville between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be donated to the fundraiser to purchase a new police dog for the Tigard Police Department.

The city’s current police dog, a 7-year-old German shepherd named Baxter, tracks wanted suspects during police investigations. Tigard Police hope to have a second dog join its law enforcement team by 2015, which will serve as a replacement when Baxter retires.

On Saturday, Tigard Police are throwing the city’s first bike safety fair at Tigard Burgerville for kids to brush up on their bicycle safety.

Tigard Police will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., running a safety and skills bicycle course for children to ride and helping children properly fit helmets. A bicycle technician from the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition will check out bikes and make minor adjustments, if needed.

There will also be face-painting, craft-making, prizes from Burgerville and a special appearance by K-9 Baxter.

The event is free, but Burgerville has pledged to donate 10 percent of all sales from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the K-9 fund.

Legacy Health System’s “Trauma Nurses Talk Tough” program will also be at the fair, teaching children about the importance of helmet safety.

This weekend’s fundraiser is one of several fundraising events planned, Bray said.

A 5K run and doggie-dash is planned this October in Cook Park.

“We are excited about that, and we’re hoping to generate a decent amount,” Bray said.

The Breakfast Rotary is also planning a fundraiser during next year’s Tigard Festival of Balloons.

Bray said that getting another K-9 is important.

“It’s incredible to see what they do to keep us all safe,” Bray said. “You see how important they are and how valuable a dog can be. Seeing Baxter work and hearing about Mick, the Portland Police dog that was killed (in a shootout in Southwest Portland in April), it makes you want to do it.”

Donations are tax deductible and can be made to the Foundation of the Tigard Breakfast Rotary Club, P.O. Box 23425, Tigard, 97281, or dropped off at the Tigard Police Department, 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd.

For more about the city’s K-9 program, visit Tigard-or.gov/police.