K-9 Unit Receives $2,500 Donation

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department will get a boost for its K-9 unit after receiving a $2,500 donation from Blue Racer Midstream and Cayman Energy II. The companies chose to fund the K-9 unit because it helps the entire community and also to show their support for the Sheriff Department’s efforts in fighting drugs in the county. “Blue Racer Midstream, Cayman Energy II and other oil and gas companies have been quite forward in helping our K-9 program,” said Sheriff Charles Black Jr. The donation comes at a good time as new K-9 officer Neron is prepared to enter the force this week with Deputy Will Poling. Neron had to be purchased and trained after K-9 officer Rexie was placed out of service due to medical issues with his rear hips. Pictured, from left to right, are: Deputy Mike Russell with K-9 officer Eric; Kim Smithberger, Office Administrator at Blue Racer’s Berne Cyro Plant; Sheriff Black; and Deputy Brandon Peska with K-9 officer Nemo.