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New K-9 program honors fallen officer in Du Quoin

James L Booker Chief of Police photograph in City Hall (Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS) James L Booker Chief of Police photograph in City Hall (Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS)
Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS
DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

A new K-9 officer has been sworn in to the City of Du Quoin’s police department in honor of a longtime officer in that city.

The new dog was presented to the council and named Monday evening after former police chief James Booker.

Chief Jamie Ellermeyer said Booker was known by many for his love for animals, occasionally feeding homeless animals he found across town, or transporting them to shelters.

One of Booker’s goals for the police department was to start a K-9 program, but he unfortunately passed away due to medical complications in 2007 after 30 years on the force.

Booker’s wife and two sons were at city council Monday evening to see the swearing in.

“Hopefully this dog will be around a long time” widow Laura Booker said. “[Hopefully he] do a lot of good for the city of Du Quoin, and I’m just proud that he’s carrying Jim’s name.”

“I think it just will help them a little more knowing that he is remembered, and that they’re remembered.” Ellermeyer said. “This is not just for Jim, but for them also.”

The start-up costs are usually the largest deterrent for police department K-9 programs as was the case in Du Quoin.

Most of the start-up costs were covered as of Monday, and the invoice on the program so far was around $13,500.

Chief Ellermeyer said people can donate to the program by purchasing a “Support the Blue” bracelet from Du Quoin City Hall.

The bracelets cost five dollars.

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