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Officer Thumann and K9 Lido named rookie of the year

Weimar Police Officer Casey Thumann and her K9 partner, Lido, have been named K9s4COPs K9 Rookie of the Year.

Weimar Police Department received K9 Lido, a dual-purpose narcotics and patrol K9, in 2017 from K9s4COPs.

K9 Lido, who recently celebrated his fourth birthday, protects the streets of Weimar. In April, Lido found 15 bricks of cocaine weighing 35 pounds with an estimated street value of approximately 1.5 million dollars.

“I am thankful and blessed that K9s4COPs chose me to be K9 Lido’s partner,” said Officer Thumann.

“K9 Lido is a very dedicated partner, always ready for the next mission tossed his way or just some playtime with his ball.”

K9 Lido is named after Lido “Lee” Iacocca, and was gifted by the Iacocca family.

“We are honored to be a part of helping the community and helping this worthy charity, K9s4COPs, ” said Lia Iacocca-Assad.

The dynamic duo will receive their K9 Rookie of the Year award at the K9s4COPs seventh annual Unleashed gala on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Goode Company Armadillo Palace in Houston.

Chairs Lori Sarofim, Melissa Juneau, and Laurie Krohn invite you to join K9s4COPs for some Texas fun at Unleashed.

Texas Strong themed event will honor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale–the successful businessman and philanthropist who owns the Houston icon Gallery Furniture and Constable Alan Rosen – Harris County Precinct 1, for their heroic efforts during Hurricane Harvey and their generosity to the City of Houston, as well as some Texas Strong Police K9s.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.K9s4COPs.org/unleashed2018/.

K9s4COPs was founded in 2010 by Texas philanthropist, Kristi Schiller, to fund the donations of highly trained K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools around the world. These donations offset the costs of budget cuts, which can deeply affect the K9 unit.

In 2014, Schiller founded the initiative K9s4KIDs, which provides trained K9s to schools and universities. Currently, the K9s4KIDs K9s protect over 1 million students on a daily basis.

Typically, each K9 can cost in the range of $15,000 to a specialized K9 that can value in excess of $35,000. These essential tools are often the first to fall to department budget cuts.

To date, K9s4COPs has granted nearly 200 K9s to law enforcement agencies and schools in the United States as well as internationally to Paris, France. K9s4COPs has aided in the removal of over $250 million worth of contraband off the street. K9s4COPs canines have confiscated more than 4,500 firearms, participated in 7,500 arrests and helped keep the peace in over 4,000 public demonstrations.

“K9s4COPs is extremely proud of Officer Thumann and K9 Lido,” said Kristi Schiller. “We are honored for K9 Lido to be our 2017-18 K9 Rookie of the Year.”

K9s4COPs is funded through private donations and community support.

For more information on K9s4COPs and K9s4KIDs or to make a donation, please visit www.K9s4COPs.org.

Article courtesy of The Weimar Mercury

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