ST. CLAIRSVILLE Ted Showalter, general manager of Whiteside Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac, announced that a Chevrolet Tahoe was donated to the Belmont County Sheriff's Department for their new K-9 Unit.
Detective Kyle Benedict expressed his gratitude for the donation of the Chevy Tahoe and described the need for this vehicle and "Luke," the drug task force canine.
"The Tahoe donated by Whiteside's is a specialized vehicle for hauling 'Luke,' a black labrador," Benedict said. "The dog's primary focus is to sniff out narcotics including heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, crack and marijuana. This K-9 Unit will help out with the problem we have here in Belmont County with drug trafficking. I personally trained Luke and must continue to work with him daily."
BELMONT COUNTY Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit will have a new vehicle for transporting drug task force canine “Luke,” thanks to a donation of the vehicle by Whiteside’s. From left are Sheriff Fred Thompson; “Luke” the K-9 black labrador; Detective Kyle Benedict; Ted Showalter, Whiteside’s general manager and Dave Goff, Whiteside’s sales manager.
Showalter added, "This is great news for Belmont County and the drug task force. We are certainly proud at Whiteside's to be able to give back to our community and especially to ensure that our community is safe."