Although it was hosted by the Richland County Republican Party, area residents set politics aside and came together last Thursday evening to help raise money for the Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement dog replacement fund. K-9 Titan is still on the job, but at eight years old he is nearing retirement age and is having some hip issues.
Titan attended the event along with his handler, Sgt. Dane Kanable, and he demonstrated his drug locating abilities after finding cloths scented with drugs that were hidden around the large gathering room at the Richland Center Community Center, where the barbecue mixer was held. Sgt. Kanable answered questions from those in attendance, which included where Titan will go after he retires. The response was that plans are for him to remain with the sergeant.
A delicious meal was enjoyed by all, served by local dignitaries including Richland County Sheriff Jim Bindl. Desserts featured pies, including some made by David Harper, who also sang a rousing rendition of the national anthem. A couple of his pies were auctioned off during the event, to add to the fundraising total.
The event, coordinated by Steve and Carol Stevenson, was attended by a large crowd, which included numerous local office holders as well as members of the state assembly and senate. The keynote speaker was the state’s “Top Cop,” Attorney General Brad Schimel.
See this week's issue of the Richland Observer to learn what Attorney General Schimel has to say about what he terms the worst crisis he's seen in 25 years.