MPD ADDS TWO NEW K9 TEAMS
"Josh" & "Slim" Will Join MPD Community Police Teams
Madison Police Chief Noble Wray introduced, with pride, two new K9 teams at a news conference Wednesday morning outside of the West Police District, 1710 McKenna Blvd. The names chosen for the dogs are significant: one was picked to honor a McFarland soldier killed in Afghanistan, the other was selected in memory of a founding board member of Capital K9's; the non-profit organization that raises funds for the MPD K9 unit.
Lori Rappe, of Monona, died this past February at the age of 54 from brain cancer. She worked for the University of Wisconsin Foundation; she was a pianist, a vocalist, and a member of the Madison Symphony Chorus. She was also a volunteer and board member for many non-profits: especially those related to animals. She helped rescue lost animals, and she helped the MPD make a strong K9 unit a reality. Lori once had a pet named "Slim," and it was also her nickname when she was younger. Her namesake - K9 "Slim" - will be partnered with MPD Officer Carren Corcoran, and the two will work with the West District's Community Police Team (CPT).
Army Sgt. Josh Brennan, was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was shot in the chest while on patrol in Kunar Province in October of 2007. Josh, who was 22-years old, had dreamed of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a Madison Police officer. MPD Officer Mike Brennan said he is honored to have K9"Josh" named for his son. K9 "Josh" will be partnered with Officer Teresa McKenzie, and they will be part of the North District CPT.
One of the K9 teams introduced Wednesday is an additional team, and one is replacing a retiring team. Chief Wray thanks Officer Bart O'Shea and K9 "Greg" for their service. The two hit the streets together in 2005.
The addition of "Josh" and "Slim" will bring to 6 the number of dogs currently assigned to the MPD patrol K9 unit. Again, the program would not be possible without the many devoted volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of Capital K9's. Since the organization's inception in 2005- when Lori "Slim" Rappe and others started the board - Capital K9's has provided more than $240,000 to the K9 unit.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897