Governor Walker donates $11K from salary to help buy a police K9 for Wasilla
On Sunday, Governor Walker donated $11,000 of his salary to the Wasilla Police Department, so they can buy a new K9 officer.
Walker reduced his salary by one-third this year, and he will give away that portion of his salary in increments; furthermore, this was Walker's donation for the first quarter.
Earlier this year, the Wasilla Police Department put out a call for community members to support buying a new K9 officer as the state could not provide funding.
The Wasilla Retail Crime Association answered the call by holding a two-day fundraiser at the Wasilla Walmart that brought together local businesses and community members.
The fundraiser was able to give a $40,000 check to the WPD. A new K9 officer costs between $30,000 and $50,000 to train and certify.
The WPD lost their old K9 officer Marshal earlier this year,
Michael Hand, the chairman of the Wasilla Retail Crime Association, said that Marshal's handler Sgt. Don Ridge was on hand to receive the check.
Hand said it was a bittersweet moment for Sgt. Ridge.
"The community came together to help out," said event organizers. Children give $5 and $10 notes, and one person came by and dropped off a $1,000 check.
The Governor's appearance was a surprise for everyone in attendance, Hand said that only or two people knew the Walker was coming.
Hand said that with the money donated today, additional money given to the WPD directly and a promise by the Wasilla Mayor to fill in the rest, there should be enough money to get a new K9 officer.