Cumberland County K-9 Officer Cita

The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders is partnering with Century Savings Bank to sponsor the Pennies for Boomer contest among fifth-grade classes at nine county schools.

Through March 28, students will solicit donations of pennies that will be collected by the county Sheriff’s Office. Proceeds will help fund the office’s K-9 unit.

The pennies will be delivered to and counted at Century Savings Bank, and the winning class will be announced at the May 28 freeholder meeting. The winning class will be treated to a pizza party by the bank.

“We are gratified to see such broad participation throughout Cumberland County,” said Freeholder and Century Vice President Carol Musso. “We believe that the K-9 program is the perfect way to introduce our young people to the vital work our law-enforcement officers do every day.”

Boomer provided bomb-detection support to county law enforcement and at national events such as Miss America pageants, LPGA tournaments and the Super Bowl. The dog died from cancer March 28, 2016.

“A well-trained and equipped K-9 unit is essential for our public safety,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Darlene Barber. “Financial support from our community to defray the costs is critical to its success.”

The participating schools are Mennies Elementary (Vineland), Dane Barse (Vineland), Moore Elementary (Upper Deerfield Township), John H. Winslow Elementary (Millville), Cherry Street (Bridgeton), Downe Township, Deerfield Township, Indian Avenue (Bridgeton) and West Avenue (Bridgeton).

For further information or to make donations, contact Sheriff’s Officer Craig Johnson at craigjo@co.cumberland.nj.us or 856-451-4449, ext. 25123, or Officer Ryan Riley at ryanri@ co.cumberland.nj.us.

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