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Hackettstown Police Department K-9 Unit awarded $500 Aftermath Services K-9 grant

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department has won a $500 K9 Grant from Aftermath Services LLC.

Patrolman Laver entered the K9 Grant competition and won Honorable Mention. This year law enforcement agencies had to submit a 300-word essay with accompanying photos of your K9’s or department showcasing how you can benefit from the Aftermath K9 Grant grant.

Laver wrote his essay in memory of K9 Jada. On Aug. 19, Laver and K9 Jada were on duty when her health rapidly declined. K9 Jada went unresponsive as she was being transported to the animal hospital. Patrolman Laver and the Newton Animal Hospital attempted to perform life-saving measures but unfortunately, she passed from cardiac related complications.

On Sept. 18, Laver traveled to San Francisco, California to meet with Marty Mahon of Trident K9 Consulting. Mahon was familiar with K9 Jada’s passing and previously made contact with Chief Macaulay and offered to donate a K9 to the Hackettstown Police Department and Laver.

Laver trained with Trident K9’s team and potential K9’s. Edo, a 14-month-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, was chosen as the newest K9 and he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from California on Friday, Oct. 2 where he met Laver.

(Photo: Office Laver and K9 Edo/Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)

Officer Laver and Edo started training on Monday, Oct. 5 at Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Aftermath Services distributed $21,000 in grants this year across 37 police departments nationwide.

The Aftermath K9 Grant was founded to showcase, support, and reward the unique contributions made by K9 units across the country and, indirectly, to recognize and support the communities that we both serve. The month-long contest awards grants, up to $10,000 in total grants, to new or established K9 programs for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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