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Donation to Knox County Sheriff's Office

COUNTRY Financial Representatives Patrick Young and Ed Johnson are pleased to support the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and its K9 program with a donation of $3,000.

The funds will be used to purchase a new K-9 service dog, training for the K9 team, a new

vehicle and equipment to help the team successfully fight against illegal drugs and crimes in

the community. Funds also will be used to offset medical expenses for the department’s one

remaining service dog, Brenna. She was diagnosed with a medical condition that has

temporarily taken her out of service while she is receiving treatment from the University of

Illinois Animal Medical Facility. Earlier this year, the Sheriff’s Department’s other service dog,

Juri unexpectedly passed away.

“The K9 unit has run into a number of setbacks,” said Johnson. “By providing this support, hopefully we can help this fine program return to form.” “These service animals and their

handlers keep our community safe,” added Young. “We’re pleased to join with so many others

in our community to support these important fundraising efforts.”

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of Knox

County. The K9’s are used daily to search for a multitude of illegal drugs and contraband in the local community, pursue fleeing suspects, locate children or the elderly who are reported

missing, locate hidden evidence and conduct community outreach programs to build a bond

with all members of our community.

You can learn more here: Donations can be made to the

Knox County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program through their online GoFundMe page or through the mail to

152 S. Kellogg St. Galesburg, IL 61401. Sponsors will be sent a receipt of donation and a K-9

Sponsor sticker via mail once their donation is received.

COUNTRY Financial has donated more than $5 million since 2020 to organizations and

programs that support first responders, active-duty service members and veterans, supporting

the company’s vision to “enrich lives in the communities we serve.” The Operation Helping

Heroes program was created in 2015 to support non-profit events and programs that benefit

active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. Later, the program expanded to

include first responders and teachers.

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