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In the Public Service: Vernon Local 1471
"Our union is proud to contribute to a wonderful cause. We take pride in our work and in our efforts to give back to the community," said Local 1471 President Mitch Reid.
Mayor Daniel A. Champagne joined Police Chief James Kenny to accept the donation from Local 1471 members on Sept. 16.
"I applaud the members of Local 1471 for their generosity and their civic-mindedness," Mayor Champagne commented. "They exemplify the spirit of public service in our town."
The campaign to purchase and train a new dog has a goal of $20,000, and has been sparked by a group of town residents who want to honor the Vernon Police Department's 125th anniversary.
"It's gratifying to have the support of town employees and union members," Chief Kenny added. "We deeply appreciate the work Local 1471 members perform in our community."
Local 1471 members have steadily supported a variety of causes over the years, including the Hockanum Valley Community Council Food Bank, the Vernon Summer Day's Carnival (which this year had the highest total attendees and money raised) Send a Kid To Camp, Touch a Truck and more.
Those wishing to donate directly may send a check made payable to "Town of Vernon, Police Dog Fund," c/o Vernon Police Department, 725 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066.
Pictured, l-r: AFSCME Local 1471 members Jim Tedford (kneeling) and Mitch Reid; Mayor Daniel A. Champagne and Police Chief James Kenny; and AFSCME Local 1471 member Jeff Carlson (kneeling) and Mark Rizzo.
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