Local Girls Take a Vested Interest in Safety of Rescue Dog
Byline: Karen Schaudt
During the early hours of Sept. 11, when the images were coming to us on our televisions uncut and raw, there was a police dog shown dead on a sidewalk next an emergency vehicle. Later, edited footage didn't show this unknown hero.
A story about rescue dogs in the book, "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul," touched Elise Brucks a few years back. Then a fifth- grade student of Chris Bohlmann at May Whitney, she and friends, Kate Sanders and Eliza Abercrombie, asked Bolmann about the possibility of finding a way to help purchase bullet-resistant vests for rescue dogs.
The girls felt if they could help protect one more dog, or K-9 officer, who was protecting his human partner or pursuing a criminal, they would have accomplished something good. Bohlmann and the class agreed, and throughout that school year they held bake sales, raising over $250.
Bolmann was then put in contact with Wheeling Police Officer Porzycki. The officer took the donation in anticipation of getting his K-9 partner. He also put Bolmann in touch with the Illinois Chapter of the Associated Human Societies, who assisted her in purchasing the vest. …