The Matt Haverkamp Foundation presented a $7,000 donation to the Village of Batavia January 14 to fund the purchase of the Batavia Police Department’s dual-purpose canine officer, Drees.
Nancy and Bruce Haverkamp presented the donation to Mayor John Thebout, Acting Police Chief Christopher Whitaker, and Cpl. Christopher McMillan, the department’s dog handler. Drees and Cpl. McMillan are trained for drug detection and for search and rescue.
Dress is the 58th canine funded by the Matt Haverkamp Foundation.
Officer Matt Haverkamp established the K9 unit for the Golf Manor Police Department. He died in 2005 as a result of injuries he sustained in a car accident, and his parents, Nancy and Bruce, established the foundation in his honor.
“We are certain Matt is smiling down on us” Mrs. Haverkamp said. “We are so proud to continue our mission in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.”
The purpose of the Foundation is to create a legacy to keep Matt's memory alive by supporting law enforcement agencies in local communities.
“We understand the value of a K9 and are happy we could help make that possible. We hope you have success with your new K9 Team and hope you will consider this funding a partnership as we work together to assist other agencies. Thanks again for working together to make this a realty and we look forward to working together to make our community safe,” Mrs. Haverkamp said in a letter to Mayor Thebout.
The foundation is having a Monte Carlo on Saturday, January 26 at St. John Neuman Church, and the 14th Annual Matt's 5k Pursuit will be Sunday, April 7, at Spring Grove Cemetery.