By GARY POPP
Inmates and correctional officers throughout Indiana prisons recently worked hand-in-hand to raise funds in memory of a police K-9 killed in the line of duty this summer.
The Indiana State Police K-9 Kilo Memorial Fund is designed to support ISP’s K-9 division.
Indiana Department of Correction officials presented ISP with $8,419 for the fund Tuesday.
The funds were raised by both DOC staff and offenders through various prison programs and fundraising events, ISP reported Thursday.
A DOC media liaison said Friday that inmates are able to contribute monies from their personal trust accounts to a variety of fundraisers hosted by programs, some of which are geared toward fatherhood, food banks and veteran programs, which in turn release funds to other efforts, such as the Kilo Memorial Fund.
“As partners in public safety, the IDOC jumped at the opportunity to support the Indiana State Police’s K-9 program,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon recently said. “Our staff and offenders give back to a lot of important causes throughout the year, and we will always step up to help our fellow law enforcement agencies protect and serve our communities.”
Kilo was killed June 24 while searching for an armed suspect, Joshua Priddy, in a Sellersburg home.
As a result of the nearly 10-hour standoff with police, Priddy was charged with seven counts attempted murder and 10 class D felonies, including striking a law enforcement animal.
Priddy is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 26.