Yarmouth firefighters, EMS workers add to police dog cause

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YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Fire-Rescue Association has donated $1,500 to help the Police Department reinstate a police dog program.

The goal is to raise $15,000 to start a new K-9 program. The donation from firefighters, EMS workers, and former association members brings the total raised to $13,500.

The Police Department has been working to reinstate the program after the February death of retired police dog Sultan. Several organizations and individuals offered money to buy and train a new dog and, on May 21, the Town Council decided the department could accept funds.

The money will go toward purchasing and training a dog, the salary associated with the officer who will handle it, and converting a police vehicle so it is suitable for carrying a dog.

Edited Dec. 4, 2015, to correct the name of the donating organization.