SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (12/13/19) - After coming in fifth in a nationwide contest to win a new police cruiser a Saginaw County K9 team is one step closer to getting a new ride.
The Buena Vista Downtown Development Authority and Serra Saginaw in Saginaw Township are teaming up to purchase a new cruiser for K9 Maverick and his handler, Officer Devin Heyn with the Buena Vista Township Police Department.
Friday's bake sale at Serra Saginaw, along with a GoFundMe, will help buy all the necessary equipment that goes inside a cruiser designed for a K9 team.
When Maverick joined the police department officers retro-fitted an old cruiser with parts you could buy at a hardware store.
And while it worked, there is better technology and equipment to keep Officer Heyn and Maverick safe when they're on-the-job.
"The door popper is essential because it helps him get out of the car in case of an emergency, but also if I need him and I'm not near the car to open the door for him," explained Officer Heyn a piece of equipment they don't currently have. "It's very important to have that for a K9."
They hope to get the new police cruiser early next year.
Click on the 'Related Link' with this story to be directed to the GoFundMe for K9 Maverick and Officer Heyn.