Eagle Gun Range raised $2185 for the K-9 unit of the Lewisville Police Department.
Owner David Prince presented LPD with the check at the range today, Nov. 29.
“We wanted to make sure the officers knew that they were appreciated and there are a lot of our customers that appreciate them,” Prince said. “We’re just grateful for our law enforcement.”
Captain Mike Lane said there’s a lot of costly equipment that is used in the canine unit.
“The protective suits the officers wear to decoy in, those things are $1,500,” he said of the padded suits officers wear to train dogs with. “And of course they wear down because every time they use them, they’re getting chewed on.”
In addition to protective wear for officers that doubles as a chew toy, the dogs also have protective-wear needs. They have ear muffs and protective goggles that are designed for the dogs’ anatomy.
The money was raised with the help of about 600 customers at the range’s four-year anniversary event in October. A Ruger precision rifle was raffled off. People were entered into a drawing for a gold membership to the range through a shooting contest. Kathy M. won the drawing.
“We didn’t do this for notoriety, because it’s really not anything about Eagle. It’s about our customers,” Prince said. “I put the rifle up, but they’re the ones that gave the money.”
Chief Russell Kerbow said the range takes safety very seriously and that he can’t say enough good things about LPD’s partnership with Eagle.
“They’re very supportive of what we do, especially in light of the craziness that the world’s going through right now,” Kerbow said. “To be able to have that kind of support, that kind of appreciation of the public has been gratifying for us.”