Donation Funds K-9 Addition to Police Force

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Due to a donation, the Harrisonburg Police Department now has a new member of the force.

Thanks to some good neighbors all the way from New Jersey, Dourek, the K-9 officer, is the newest member of the police department.

No one is happier about the addition than his handler, Officer Tim Wright.

The recent death of Rocco, his K-9 partner for nearly 10 years, left Wright mourning as if he lost a human friend; however, thanks to Caesar and Deanna DePaço, who have always had a passion for animals, Wright is back protecting the streets of Harrisonburg.

The department recognized the DePaço’s generosity by thanking them for their $12,000 donation on Thursday morning.

Wright said he is still in disbelief and cannot believe their kindness.

“To me it’s almost unbelievable that somebody would be that generous, I mean that’s a lot of money to anybody and to give it to somebody you don’t know or department you don’t know, it’s really almost unbelievable,” explained Wright.

He said that like Rocco, Dourek specializes in narcotics during the day and will will go home with him each night.

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