A Patterson family has donated two pure-bred German Shepherds to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. The Stilwells have also paid to have Lex and Kato flown from Holland, along with their obedience trainer. The donation included money to train the dogs and their handlers in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol.
In addition, the donation included funds for replacement of two unserviceable police vehicles with two new K-9 equipped vehicles and for the purchase of bullet-proof vests for the dogs. The overall donation is estimated to be about $120,000.
Lex is assigned to Deputy Sheriff Vincent Dalo and Kato’s partner is Deputy Sheriff Christopher Irwin.
Ms. Stilwell told the Sheriff that she emigrated years ago from her native Poland to the United States and that she never takes the freedoms and the safety of this country for granted. She went on to say that her family was making the donation for the K-9 Unit because they wanted to give something back in gratitude for and in support of community safety.