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: https://www.knoxcountysheriffil.com/. Donations can be made to the
Knox County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program through their online GoFundMe page
https://www.gofundme.com/f/knox-county-sheriffs-office-k9-fundraiser 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.