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Star Wars Trivia Night for K-9 Officers

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Like the Jedis that face off with Darth Vader to keep the universe safe, it's K-9 officers like Holi that keep Fourstaters safe.

"She's been a great tool to the surrounding community" says her handler, George Datum with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office,

Federal law mandates K-9 officers get a minimum of 16 hours of training a month. Keeping their skills sharp is vital, as they're a vital part of local law enforcement agencies.

"They're important because they do find narcotics and keep our community safe. They locate evidence and they find suspects"

They've also been been known to help find missing kids. Reps from the Jasper County Sheriff's office say the cost of maintenance training a k-9 is around two to three thousand dollars a year.

So Elizabeth Johnson, from Fur-Ever Friends of our K-9 Heroes organized this event to help those teams.

"Law enforcement runs in my family. And we love dogs. We are dog lovers, so the two naturally went together, to help K-9s. So I got to researching it and I found out there's a lot of need to K-9s in this area" says Johnson.

So fourstaters gathered for a night of Star Wars trivia and silent auctions to help furry heroes like Holi. All proceeds from the event are going toward training hours for local law enforcement and rescue K-9s.

Whether they ended the trivia night as victorious Jedi masters, or just padawans, the force was strong in the local donors, so the force can be stronger for local K-9 officers like Holi.

If you missed out on trivia night, you can still donate to their cause at any Mid-Missouri Bank, just ask for the Fur-Ever Friends of Our K-9 Heroes fund. 

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