Red Ribbon program raising money to buy Rockford Police a new K9 Officer

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The 30th annual Northern Illinois Red Ribbon campaign honored local first responders at an event held at the 9/11 Memorial, located on W. State Street.

Representatives from the Rockford Police Department’s K9 Unit, the Winnebago County Sheriff, Loves Park Police, Rockford Fire Department and Illinois State Police were honored at the ceremony.

The Red Ribbon program is an educational program that encourages students to take an active roll in community events through the implementation of a student-led cabinet, consisting of 15 students from 6 area high schools.

Red Ribbon Program Director Paul Perrone says he hope they can raise enough money to help officers in the Forest City afford to buy another K9 officer.

“Police and Fire dedicate their lives to us. So many events have occurred recently, that we thought it would just be nice for them to hear positive words, especially positive words from our youth and the community, to thank them,” Perrone said.

Perrone said the Red Ribbon Program will present a check to the Rockford Police K9 Unit on October 28th at Boylan High School.

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