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Hackettstown police launch GoFundMe campaign to continue K9 unit after sudden death of K9 Jada

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department is raising money to continue the department’s K9 unit after the sudden death of K9 Jada.

On Aug. 19, Patrolman Christopher 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 August 31, the Hackettstown Police Department, Town Council, residents, and hundreds of K9 Jada’s supporters gathered to honor her. Patrolman Laver gave Jada his final salute.

“Her legacy will never be forgotten,” police said.

In honor of K9 Jada, Patrolman Laver created The K9 Jada Memorial GoFundMe page. The goal of this fund is to raise money in honor of K9 Jada and continue the operation of the Hackettstown Police Department’s K9 Unit, police said.

Patrolman Laver traveled to San Francisco, California on Sept. 18 to meet with Marty Mahon of Trident K9 Consulting. Mahon was familiar with K9 Jada’s passing and previously made contact with Chief Macaulay to offer his assistance. Patrolman Laver was fortunate enough to train with Trident K9’s team and potential K9’s.

Mahon has offered to donate a K9 to the Hackettstown Police Department and Patrolman Laver, police said.

The funds donated to The K9 Jada Memorial Fund will be used to train and transport the new Hackettstown K9 from California to New Jersey and maintain the future operations of our K9 Unit, police said.

“We are grateful for your support during K9 Jada’s passing, and we appreciate your ongoing assistance with raising these funds in K9 Jada’s honor, so that we can bring back this asset that helps us protect and serve our community,” police said.

To donate to The K9 Jada Memorial GoFundMe page, click here.

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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