Slain officer's sister raising money for new K-9

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email


AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- It started in January when a man came into Jenny Johnson’s store with a retired K-9 dog.

This was a sign for the sister of slain Aiken Public safety officer Sandy Rogers. It was a sign that her sister wanted her to help make her legacy live on in Aiken Public Safety.

“It was something just hit me in the head saying this is Sandy telling me,” Johnson said. “She wanted me to do something with the K-9s here in Aiken.”

And that’s exactly what she’s done. Now taking donations, Johnson’s goal is to raise $8,000, which is the normal cost to raise and train a police dog. And for public safety they had no problem with the plan

"Whether she’s above watching us,” said Captain David Turno with Aiken Public Safety, “Or sniffing through the nose of a dog, she’s with us.”

Normally, public safety always keeps two dogs in the K-9 unit but just last week, one of their dogs died after a battle with cancer. Ultimately though, their goal is to have four dogs in the unit. For Johnson, this was a simple way to help he department that mean so much to her sister.

“Since she’s not here to do it,” said Johnson. “She’s going to put it in some of the little K-9s we get.”

If you’d like to donate you can mail a check to 1724 Richland Avenue E, Aiken, SC C/O K-9 donation. You can also drop by in person.

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