Two granite partitions itemizing the names of present and former Ohio police canine will probably be unveiled on the Ohio Police K9 Memorial in Amelia subsequent Might 19.

A 3rd granite wall between these partitions additionally will debut then, inscribed with a poem about K9 officers and their canine referred to as “Guardians of the Night time.”

The Ohio Police K9 Memorial was the thought of Amelia K9 Officer Craig Heintzelman, who early in 2015 determined canine – lifeless and dwelling – that work with police all through Ohio need to be honored.

Heintzelman talked Amelia Village Council into permitting the event of the Ohio Police K9 Memorial subsequent to village corridor at 119 W. Major St., the place a bronze statue of a police canine now stands.

The nonprofit Ohio Police K9 Memorial Corp. was created and Heintzelman and Beth Whitehead, president and treasurer, respectively, of the company, are touring throughout Ohio to boost cash for the memorial.

Maybe the best sudden reward of this effort, Whitehead stated, has been the celebration of the connection between police canine and their handlers.

 “Few bonds are nearer. We’ve acquired many private notes from handlers after they’ve been notified that their K9 has been sponsored to seem on the wall by identify,” she stated.

“They’re lovely, emotional, and really appreciative. They share particulars of their experiences and the personalities that made their canine particular and they’re very touched that their K9 shall be honored and remembered.”

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“We have reached this goal through the generous contributions of thousands of people and we are so grateful to have achieved it,” Whitehead said.

“We have been amazed at the tremendous outpouring of support for this project from not just Ohio but residents of several states. “We have learned how much K9s mean to the community – and it’s a great deal,” Whitehead said.

One group of donors is the Girls on the Run Cincinnati chapter at Amelia Elementary School, which held a fundraiser earlier this year.

The girls gave the Ohio Police K9 Memorial Corp. a check for more than $500. The Ohio Police K9 Memorial Corp. gave the girls a certificate…