There’s nothing like hardworking, dedicated employees that love coming to work every day, never complain, don’t ask for raises or more health care benefits, and do great work at no more pay than a couple of dog bones. That’s why we love the Kent Police canines and that’s why we felt like proud parents when the canines and their handlers were honored by the German Shephard Club of Northern Ohio earlier this month.
On Saturday May 8th, the German Shepherd Club of Northern Ohio held their annual banquet and awards ceremony. They presented a Top Honor Achievement Memorial Award to K-9 Jessy and handler Jim Ennemoser for Devotion to Duty. A 2009 Top Honor Rookie Award was awarded to K-9 Aiko and handler Jim Ennemoser. The 2009 Top Honor Apprehension & Protection Award was presented to K-9 Felo and handler Marty Gilliland.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the City’s canine program! Thanks for keeping us safe.
I also wanted to publicly thank all of the City employees, University staff, University students, and regional partners that made this one of the safest end of semester seasons in years. A lot of planning went into preparations for the spring events and things seemed to run smoothly thanks to the cooperation displayed by everyone involved. I saw news reports from Ohio University and Miami University that imposed serious sanctions on members of the Greek community for unruly behavior and I was grateful that a more appreciative and respectful attitude prevailed by all parties this year in Kent. I hope this trend will carry over into the year to come.