K-9 obstacle course created as Eagle Scout project opens

Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Klinkhamer and Bear run the course. /Earlene Frederick photo


A K-9 obstacle course created  as a Eagle Scout project was officially opened at the Kenosha County Detention Center 4777 88th Ave Saturday morning.

On hand were K-9 teams from the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department and the Kenosha Police Department.

Also, at the event was Boy Scout James Nowak, of Troop 507 from St. Mark, Kenosha, who built the obstacle course as his Eagle Scout Community Service Project. Nowak approached the Sheriff’s and Police Departments about the possibility of building the course. The Sheriff’s Department was able to identify a site at the Detention Center that would serve the needs of both departments and allow 24 hour access without disturbing neighbors. This location allows K-9 handlers to train with their partners during their regular work shift anytime of the day or night. Nowak worked with local volunteers to build the obstacle course. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. and the Kiwanis made donations toward the project. Lowe’s donated all of the building supplies, which totaled nearly $1500.00.
Said Sheriff David Beth:

(Kenosha) Police Chief Morrissey and I are glad that James would consider our department K-9 teams for his Eagle Scout Project. This course will insure the health and safety of our dogs for many years to come.”

Sheriff David Beth presents Boy Scout James Nowak with a few mementos. Nowak built a police K9 obstacle course at the Kenosha County Detention Center as an Eagle Scout community service project. The course was officially opened Saturday. /Earlene Frederick photo


Deputy Eric Klinkhammer and Bear. /Earlene Frederick photo


Sheriff David Beth gets a firsthand look at one of the obstacles. /Earlene Frederick photo


Deputy Eric Klinkhammer and Bear. /Earlene Frederick photo


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