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Fundraiser being held in Jacksonville for ‘Roby’

Supporters of Roby, the Jacksonville Police Department’s K-9 Unit, say it is time for him to retire. His supporters are holding a fundraiser on Sunday.
Supporters of Roby, the Jacksonville Police Department’s K-9 Unit, say it is time for him to retire. His supporters are holding a fundraiser on Sunday.

One of the advantages of having a career in law enforcement is the retirement benefits.

But one faithful Jacksonville law enforcement professional isn’t really interested in money. He would just like to rest his four legs on his favorite rug and maybe play with his favorite ball as he drinks a fresh bowl of water.

Such is the life of Roby, the current K-9 unit for the Jacksonville Police Department. His supporters say he has been a faithful professional in his craft but it is time for him to retire so department officials are trying to raise money to find him a replacement.

The Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is sponsoring a charity basketball game for the department’s K-9 unit on Feb. 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club in Jacksonville located on Graham Road.

K-9 Roby was recently injured in the line of duty.

Barbie Mellinger, Fund Raising Chairman for the Association, said she is hoping for a good turnout.

“Hopefully, we can find his replacement so he can retire to the easy life he deserves,” she said.

People who attend can choose to cheer for either the Jacksonville Police Department or a local church team as they play against each other.

The event is considered great family-oriented fun with special surprises for a donation of $5 for adults and $2 for kids under 10. Tickets are available from members or at the door. There will also be available a concession stand of hot dogs, nachos, chips and drinks for a charitable donation.

There will be charitable drawings for a homemade Quilt/ Harlem Globetrotter Autographed Basketball/ a souvenir Roby Tee Shirt and 50/50 at the game.

Charitable donation tickets for the prizes will be available from members or at the door ($1 each or the 6 for $5 bargain) right up to drawing.

The association is trying to reach its fundraising goal of $10,000 and currently has $7,000.

For additional information, call 256-4487.

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