The Greenville Police Department has gained a new K9, thanks to the efforts of a woman who asked for donations in honor of her late husband.
Leonard Kulik, an advocate of the Greenville Police Department, passed away earlier this year.
Instead of flowers, his wife, Diane, asked all donations go to the Greenville Police Department’s K9 Unit. Diane Kulik also serves on the Greenville Police Community Relations Committee.
“I didn’t know how long it was going to take to pull this off,” said Diane Kulik. ” I thought this could be half a year or a year. Seven thousand dollars is what these dogs cost. And in less than two months, the dog was totally funded by all the donations that came in.”
Thanks to those donations, K9 Axle, an 80-pound Belgian Malinois and Shepherd mix, came to the United States from Hungary.
He’s trained in tracking, narcotics detection, article and area searches, and handler protection.
Axle and his handler, Officer Bradley Nunnery, started training together in June 2018, and their first shift as a K9 team was on Saturday.
“The Greenville Police Department is touched by the Kulik family’s generosity,” Chief Mark Holtzman said. “It is obvious Leonard was loved and respected by many and we are so honored his friends and family chose to carry on his legacy through one of our police programs. Our K9s are valued members of the GPD family. Axle is no different. We look forward to watching him flourish with Officer Nunnery and have no doubt he will have a long career here in Greenville. We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who donated and made the addition of a new K9 possible.”