|Montgomery County Courthouse/Photo Carl Hessler Jr.|
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department recently received more than $2,300 in donations, which will be used to purchase safety equipment for its K9 unit, during the second annual “Bocce for Baldo” memorial bocce tournament held Sept. 12 at the Holy Saviour Club in Norristown.
“We had great success with our bocce tournament this weekend!” proudly exclaimed Teresa Harris, public information assistant in the sheriff’s office.
The tournament was named after a former sheriff’s deputy, Corporal James Baldovsky, who passed away from cancer on March 9, 2014. Baldovsky also previously worked as a Towamencin Township Police Department K9 officer.
Baldovsky was known at the department as a passionate supporter of K9s.
|Sheriff Russll J. Bono (l) poses with Baldovsky''s widow, Marie and Deputy Thomas Franklin and K9 Behr/Photo courtesy of Sheriff's Department|
From Left: Deputy Thomas Franklin and K9 Behr, Sheriff Russell J. Bono, Deputy Trevor Keller and K9 Artus, K9 Unit Leader Cpl. Richard Miles, and Deputy Sean Forsyth and K9 Bikkel./Photo Courtesy of Sheriff's Dept.
Baldovsky’s widow, Marie, joined the sheriff and members of the K9 Unit to dedicate a safety vest for K9 Behr, and to lay an inscribed bocce court brick near center court.
Last year, the event raised $2,000, which was used to purchase protective vests for the department’s three K9s.
Kudos to the sheriff's department for keeping its canine partners protected.