Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton is ready to take the plunge into ice cold water to help raise money for the K-9 Search and Rescue team, that is, if you have a good aim.
RCSO Major Coy Jenkins will also climb up the ladder for folks to give take aim at a target to drop him - and others - into the firgid water.
The dunking opportunity will be on Saturday, June 24, at the Claremore Community Center located at N. Sioux during the 2017 Cop Diggity Dog Festival.
There will be a schedule of events to start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with the intention of good community interaction with members of the RCSO, as well as raising funds for upcoming canine training.
There are four certified canines in the SAR team, with one in training (Punkin'). Two bloodhounds - Ryder and Josie - are trained by their handler RCSO Auxiliary Deputy Teresa Dye to ground scent, while SAR Shepherd-mixed Gus and English shepherd Beauregard are trained by RCSO Auxiliary Deputy Tracey Wallis to air scent tracks.
Various training has taken the SAR team to Virginia, Kentucky and other states. The SAR team has come to be a successful resource for RCSO by bringing conclusions to missing person incidents.
The SAR K-9 Unit was started in July 2015 and has been called out for more than five missing-person searches.
Any cash donations are welcomed and are tax deductible. A GoFundMe account for additional fundraising has been set up at www.gofundme.com/biscuitsfork9s
An early opportunity to meet one of the canines is today from 9 a.m. until noon at the Rogers County Courthouse. Raffle tickets for items can be purchased as well as a glimpse of some of the donations.