Wayback gives back to Bristol police K-9 unit

Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:38
Written by Kayla Murphy


BRISTOL - Wayback Burgers recently held a fundraiser supporting the Police Department’s K-9 unit.

“I’ve lived in Bristol my whole life,” said Lanita Thomas, who manages the restaurant. “Wayback is really in the community. We’ve done other fundraiser for organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club. We had seen online about donations for the K-9 unit at the Bristol Police Department. It sounded like a good fundraiser idea. So we reached out to the Bristol Police Department and scheduled a date.”

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, local residents got to meet and greet the dogs and their handlers. The fundraiser raised over $300.

Three dogs are now working in the K-9 unit. In the patrol division are two German shepherds named Bronn and Murphy. The third dog, a black Labrador named Heather, is used to detect illegal narcotics.

The dogs performed demonstrations for those who attended, while BPD personnel, including Chief Brian Gould, flipped burgers and helped customers.

“The kids loved it,” said Thomas, “Some kids might see the K-9 unit as vicious and mean dogs, but they’re really not. I think the kids were intimated by Murphy at first since he was the biggest dog. But the kids came around and realized that Murphy was actually a really friendly dog.”

“We owe a big thanks to Wayback,” said Lt. Richard Guerrera, “They reached out and offered to do this fundraiser.”

Guerrera explained that the K-9 unit is a very expensive program and the donations from the fundraiser will go toward bullet- resistant safety vests and dog food.

“Our dogs are very active in this community. They’re important and used a lot on patrol. Every donation helps,” said Guerrera.

After rigorous training, officers and their dogs can track missing persons or criminal suspects, detect narcotics, search buildings for suspects, find discarded evidence and catch fleeing suspects.

“We would absolutely love to do another fundraiser with the K-9 unit. They’re an important part of the Police Department. They’re around to serve and protect this community,” Thomas said.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General Business on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:38. Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2018 20:41.