Dave Culbertson, broker/owner at Real Living Home Team Real Estate in Mt. Vernon, OH recently helped his community raise money for a local K-9 unit as part of the Police K-9 Funding Project. After extensive fundraising, the initiative raised more than $21,500.

“So proud of our community,” Culbertson wrote in a Facebook post, urging citizens of Mt. Vernon to continue to support the fundraising efforts to increase the amount of dogs both the Mt. Vernon Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s office can support.

Watch Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer deliver a moving speech about the fundraising here.

Culbertson said the first dog will patrol the streets of Mt. Vernon in early December.