By Jean A. Flanagan
Members of the American Woodmark Foundation presented Hardy County Sheriff Bryan Ward with a grant of $3,300 in support of the department’s K-9 Drug Interdiction program last week. The funds will be used to train and support a second single-purpose K-9 in the Sheriff’s department.
Ward said Hardy County’s current drug detection K-9, Rue, is used, not only by the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department, but by other law enforcement agencies in surrounding jurisdictions.
“Currently, Rue and her handler Deputy Josh Vetter are on call seven days a week,” Ward said. “That’s just too much of a burden for one person. We are in the process of training Sgt. Jim Shipe and Veeda, a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd, to assist with those calls.”
Ward said next year he hopes to cross train both dogs for patrol duties.
The American Woodmark Foundation was formed in 1995 and is a separate organization from the cabinet manufacturer.
“A certain amount of funds are allocated from the company and each of our nine manufacturing locations are given an opportunity to give back to their respective communities,” said Faron Shanholtz.
Nonprofit organizations, schools and governmental agencies can submit a request letter and the request will be considered by a team of local American Woodmark employees.