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Monument to honor K-9 who served

Madhu Mayer, news@thetimesweekly.com | 10/31/2018, 10:36 p.m.

An organization highlighting the beauty of Plainfield's riverfront is making a splash with a monument honoring the four-legged creatures who proudly serve and protect the community.

During Monday's committee of the whole workshop, Eric Marsaglia of the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation Board updated the trustees on the latest projects of impact to the community. On top of that list is the K-9 Memorial at Riverfront Park, 24321 W. Lockport St., in downtown Plainfield. He said the memorial honors dogs that served in the Plainfield Police Department dating back to the 1970s when the village first operated a K-9 unit.

Since the 1970s, Plainfield has had seven K-9 dogs, that are Luger, TJ, Brutus, Blackie, Foster, Aron and the current Kody, a 5-year-old who has been on patrol since 2013. Three of the previous police service dogs, who are Luger, TJ and Blackie, are actually buried under a rock on the riverfront property.

Trustee Brian Wojowski, a police officer himself, said he is glad the dogs are being honored for their service.

"It is something unique that you don't typically see," he said. "It is a nice draw."

The goal of Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is to revitalize the two-mile historic piece of property along the DuPage River from Route 59 to Renwick Road. The foundation's biggest fundraiser is the annual Plainfield Fest in July, which raises money for the organization that strives to create an unique, innovative and environmentally-sensitive asset that will add to the quality of life for residents and contribute to the economic development of the downtown corridor.

As of Monday, Rob Epley, executive director, said the foundation had a balance of $185,000.