Nonprofit Donates New K9 Obstacle Course to Honolulu Police
WAIPAHU, Hawaii (KHON2) – Some Honolulu police officers who bite into crime received more than a treat for their services on Saturday, June 26.
Spike’s K9 fund donated a new obstacle course to the Honolulu Police Department Training Academy in Waipahu, replacing the vinyl course that was 20 years old.
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The nonprofit was started by former Navy Seal James Hatch, who was seriously injured in action in 2009.
Hatch’s K9 companion, “Remco”, was killed in action during this 2009 firefight. Remco was one of four K9s killed during Hatch’s time as Seal.
Hatch struggled with depression after Remco’s death, but he says the police stopped him from being suicidal – which is why he started the fund to give back.
“It makes me say that whenever I get the chance; Never underestimate your ability to affect the trajectory of another human life, especially in its most vulnerable times. These guys helped me out, so when I can come help the dogs, help the cops, it fills my heart and I’m happy to be here.
James Hatch, Founder of Spike’s K9 Fund
“Our training is extremely important as the obstacle course is part of our annual certification,” said HPD Sgt. Brad Heatherly. “We have to certify with an obstacle course which is part of what we demand of our managers on an annual basis.”
Hawaii was just one of three states that Spike’s K9 fund had only helped on Saturday.
Click here to visit the Spike’s K9 Fund website.