Newest Calumet County deputy prefers dog food

Deputy Ken Matuszak and K9 Alek are Calumet County’s second such unit.

Calumet County Sheriff Mark Wiegert has announced that the Sheriff’s Office’s second K9 unit has started his tour of duty.

Approximately seven years ago, the Sheriff’s Office began its K9 Program and six years ago K9 Amer and K9 Handler Deputy Pearson began their tour of duty together. Shortly after, the K9 unit proved to be an asset to the department and was more successful than anyone ever expected, Wiegert said.

Former Sheriff Mark Ott and retired Lieutenant Bill Tyson began fundraising efforts for a second K9 approximately three years ago. Wiegert said, “When I took office, I made it a priority to continue raising the necessary funds to obtain a second K9 unit. Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has raised over $100,000 from generous businesses and citizens right here in our community. We received large and small donations, culminating with $10,000 from Robert and Patricia Endries Family Foundation, which surpassed our goal.

“We could not have reached our fundraising goal without the wonderful people, businesses, and foundations in this great county. Because of your generosity, K9 Alek and his handler Deputy Matuszak have just completed their five weeks of training and are now ready to keep Calumet County safe. Their main mission is drug detection; however, they are also an available resource for tracking suspects and assisting in locating missing people.

“Our department is truly grateful for these added resources on the street to help support our efforts to keep Calumet County safe,” Wiegert added.

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