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Non-profit to help police, fire agencies

Plans for second annual Patriot Day underway
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers, Inc. has been established to support law enforcement and public safety in the city of Rocklin. Becky Kanowsky, a volunteer with the Rocklin Police Department, was instrumental in obtaining the non-profit status, which was finalized in January. The primary purpose of the organization will be to raise funds to purchase equipment for the city?s police and fire departments, Kanowsky said. Over the past five years, Kanowsky has become increasingly aware of the lack of funds for programs and equipment needed by the departments. When the police department?s K-9 was ready to retire from active duty last year, Kanowsky learned there was no money in the budget to purchase and train another K-9 unit. So, she and other residents at Springfield decided to host a fundraiser at their community center. The proceeds from the evening made it possible for the department to purchase another police dog, Kanowsky said. Kanowsky is also active with the committee organizing Patriot Day, which was started last year to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Work has already started on this year?s event, she continued. The second annual ?Patriot?s Day: Honoring Those who Serve,? will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 in the parking lot of RC Willey on Lonetree Boulevard. ?We are showing the public what they don?t normally get to see, like the K-9 Unit, the SWAT Team and the motorcycle officers,? she said. ?It?s one way to showcase the police and fire while having a good time.? KXPR Radio may be broadcasting during the event, she added. Among the participants already signed on, Kanowsky said, are the Placer County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Guide Dogs for the Blind and Never Say Wolf Rescue. While vendors will pay a fee to participate, the event will be free to the public. Proceeds will be used by the non-profit to purchase equipment or fund projects for emergency services in Rocklin, Kanowsky said. ?We want to raise money for CPR classes and Buckle Up Baby (a car seat safety inspection program),? she said. ?Both require extensive training and recertification every two years.? Kanowsky also wants to encourage residents to attend the Citizen?s Academy so they can volunteer with the police and fire departments. ?We have a list of over 60 things you can do,? she said. ?You can spend as little or as much time as you want.? While she did some volunteer work before she retired, Kanowsky said she has found her work on behalf of the Rocklin Police very satisfying. ?I was self-employed. I had done a lot of volunteer work while I was working, but I never had a volunteer job like this,? she said. ?Now I?m doing what I want. Everything about volunteering with the police department is good.? For more information about Rocklin Public Service Volunteers, visit rpsvinc.org or call Kanowsky at 435-8175. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 507, Rocklin, CA 95677. Information about the upcoming Patriot Day can be found at rocklinpatriotday.com.