County K-9 Units Team Up to Host Aug. 20 Golf Outing | News, Sports, Jobs

SALEM – K-9 units from the Salem, Columbiana and St. Clair Township Police Departments, and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office, are teaming up to host the first ever K-9 golf outing and are looking for sponsors and donations for the event.

“Everything we do at the K-9 Unit is done through donations. Community support means everything to us,” said Salem patrolman Mike Garber.

The Aug. 20 event at Salem Hills Golf Club will dedicate all proceeds to the care of the department’s K-9s, including food, equipment and training as well as routine and emergency medical care. All proceeds from the event will be divided among participating K-9 units.

Fundraising events like this are “essential to sustaining each of our individual K-9 unit programs,” notes a letter sent to potential sponsors. The interdepartmental event is the product of collaboration between agents from the four K-9 units.

The participating officers are: Patrolman Mike Garber, K-9 manager Simon, and Patrolman Steve LaRosa, K-9 Argo manager from the Salem Police Department; Patrolman Brandon Erickson, K-9 Bax handler, and Patrolman Brian Granchie, K-9 Csuti handler of the Columbiana Police Department; St. Clair Township Police Department K-9 Norris handler Josh Jackson; and Deputy Damin Beadnell, K-9 Hunter handler from the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office.

“K-9 units are vital to our local communities in Columbiana County as we actively work to remove drugs and violent criminals from our area. K-9s are the only tools officers have that are a force multiplier keeping our fellow officers and communities safe,” note the letter.

Garber emphasized the importance of the K-9’s role as a force multiplier, explaining “If we were to sweep a narcotics warehouse, a search that might take 10 to 15 officers in a few hours could be done in a fraction of the time by a K-9 officer because of their training. And if there were narcotics to be found, they would be.

The event will feature multiple tiers of sponsor packages with unique rewards. The $100 hole sponsor tier receives a sign with their logo or information displayed on a tee box. The $500 Silver Sponsor level receives a four-by-two-foot banner with their logo, a photo opportunity with the K-9s, a vinyl sign at the start of the course loop, recognition at the closing and a social media advertisement on the event and K-9 unit pages. The $1,000 Titanium Sponsor receives all of the benefits of a Silver Sponsor and a six-by-two-foot banner, plus a K-9 gift set on top. Sponsors should send a clean logo and any desired writing to [email protected]

Donations of items to be included in hole rewards or raffle prizes and to be included in “loot bags” to be given out to all golfers are also accepted and greatly appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Salem Community Foundation, PO Box 553, Salem, Ohio, 44460, with “K-9/Golf Fund” in the memo line. To pay by credit card or PayPal, visit and click on the “K-9 Golf Outing” select the applicable option and proceed to checkout.

For questions or additional information, contact Garber at 330-337-7811, or [email protected]; or LaRosa at [email protected]

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Michael C. Ford