Help Officer Hickey Vest K9s

$72,595 of $3,500 goal

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Corey Orr
on behalf of DanaMarie Pannella
 MARIETTA, OH
Officer Matthew Hickey has had K-9 Ajax for the past 4 years working alongside each other keeping Marietta safe. Officer Hickey has recently retired from the Marietta Police Department after over 30 years of excellent service to the city. Originally the city gave Hickey the ability to "purchase" Ajax for $3,500, but then rescinded the offer. Now Ajax is being put up for auction to the highest bidder. This campaign is aimed to assist the Hickeys be able to bid on Ajax in the upcoming auction. Any funds that are left over after bidding on Ajax will be donated to a K-9 fund to the purchase of bullet resistent vests for our Law Enforcement Officers furry partners.
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Vested Interest was presented with a facsimile check and the actual check will be sent to Vested Interest. This was the amount after GoFundMe and bank fees and a small amount (under $10) may still be pending.
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Per a request from GoFundMe I've been obligated to inform everyone that DanaMarie Pannella, our attorney, will be withdrawing the funds to ensure that all funds are sent to the proper places and that proper documentation is kept on record so there is no confusion as to where the money went. Once GoFundMe releases the funds to Dana, from there an official check will be sent to Vested Interest in K9's, Inc.
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Everyone,

This is an official notice to let everyone know the GoFundMe campaign "Help Officer Hickey Vest K9s" will be ending at Midnight on 2/13/16. I want to personally thank you for all your donations and supporting messages! It's been one great, humbling experience. The final amount that is donated by 2/13/16 @ Midnight will be going to Vested Interest in K9's Inc as stated previously (minus what GoFundMe takes, and the $1 that was used to purchase Ajax) After the end of this campaign we're having the funds put into a trust so that everything can be tracked with proper documentation, and we're also trying to have a public check ceremony that will be televised. If we have the ability to do so after the campaign has ended we will update the time, date, and program that the ceremony will be on. Thank you again to all the donors and supports through the entire process!

-Corey
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**Clarification**

The $72,365 minus the $1 that was used to buy Ajax, and the 5% that GoFundMe takes is STILL and ALWAYS has been going to Vested Interest in K9's...the previous post was just to let everyone know that since the GoFundMe was successful we decided to branch off from GoFundMe and start a foundation to help Officers with state/local laws that wouldn't allow them to purchase their K9s. None of the money from this current GoFundMe goes to this new venture. We're just trying to spread the word. If anyone still needs clarification on this PLEASE send me a direct email.

Thank you,

Corey
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Joe-Jen Anderson
25 months ago

Ajax doesn't belong to the PD -- he belongs to the tax payers, who already paid for him once. He needs to be retired with his handler. This shows exactly how much Marietta city officials respect their police officers as well as well as what they think of animals. Disgraceful!

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Ronnie Fusco
25 months ago

When I retired I had to pay for my K9 partner... she was $1.00 cause being "Govt." property they couldnt just give her away .... its very sad but was lucky ...Ofc. Hickey should be afforded this same opportunity , at the very least ALL other bidders obstain

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Gary Branham
25 months ago

I am disappointed that the city Marietta treated Officer Hickey this way, rescinding the offer so they could possibly get more money? I hope everyone respects this and doesn't bid. He should get Ajax for $1. And that would be what the city deserves, for playing this greedy game. Just another case of showing the under appreciation of those putting their life on the line daily. This guy did it for 30 years! Thanks for your service Officer Hickey!

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Joe Glock
25 months ago

As a K9 trainer a 4 year old dog has no value to be sold. Priceless to the handler but not to work. This police dept should be ashamed of their selves.

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James Rhodes
25 months ago

I have known officer Matt Hickey both on and off the clock the man sincerly loves his job and more impotantly his family he has been at certain points in my life a real inspiration redirecting me in the correct direction.Having said all that the man loves officer ajax as his own they jabe shared so many memories good and bad im sure lol that it would make no damn sense at all to break this family up Matt i wanna thank you for all you stand for you are very dear to many of us. I hope the right thing happens and Ajax gets to stay with you and your family. Good luck bud

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Diane Fleming
25 months ago

The City of Marietta should be ashamed for taking a stand such as this against officer Matt Hickey and even more so his partner, Ajax! They have risked their lives to protect us for many years and this is the "thanks" they get for their dedication? A dog is more than an "object" to be auctioned off to the highest bidder!!!! Matt Hickey is this dog's FRIEND and COMPANION and to separate him from his family and SELL him to a stranger is just plain ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!! Does everything have a price tag on it? Personally, I would be very happy to donate to help purchase equipment for the dogs; but, I will not participate in auctioning off a man's working partner and best friend! This situation sounds like extortion to me and should NOT be permitted! PLEASE ALLOW THESE TWO OFFICERS TO RETIRE AND BE HAPPY TOGETHER.

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Pedro Navaja
25 months ago

A few weeks prior to my retirement, we were issued our new firearms, a SIG P226. Price tag, around $700.00 to $800.00 I qualified with it and that would be the only time the gun was fired. I was allowed to keep the gun for the amount of $1.00 The $1.00 was paid by the Chief. Why, a K-9 should be any different? It's a tradition!

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Jeff DeWitt
25 months ago

I remember when Matt was with his first partner Marco! He has been a great trainer, and a great public relations officer in regard to the K-9 officers! This is a sad reflection on the direction the MPD is taking! Good luck on your retirement, and in your quest to keep Ajax!! God Bless you Brother Matt

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Lauren Farrell
25 months ago

As I do think what is happening is awful, I hope the 16k that has already been donated in one day is yet again donated by the officer to someone who truly needs it. Chances are with the story making headlines, he will receive the dog without paying for it. So if you are contemplating donating to this already 16k GoFundMe, please go find one that needs medical or financial help & donate to that instead :) Best of luck to the officer & I am sure he will get his partner back! :)

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Ellie Reynolds
25 months ago

Is this auction going to be open to the public? Or just law enforcement? I hope there isnt a single bid other than hickeys. I understand hickey having to pay for ajax bc ajax belongs to the pd but why the auction? That man would pay any amount of money for ajax as would any other k9 handler.

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Gary Branham
25 months ago

Agree Ryan, but now we see the STARTING bid is $3500....wtf? I am all for providing something to the dept for the dog to help refill the dept resources and money spent on it, but they are just being greedy. This should be an eye opener next time the city folks are up for re-election. Time for change. I truly hope Officer Hickey gets Ajax. Will be a damn shame if he doesn't. If he gets out bid maybe the bidder will do the right thing. Fingers crossed!

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Kevin Mayhood-Paskawych
25 months ago

With the proper support and pressure, you might get the city officials to change their mind. You never know, but it is possible. Supporting Officer Hickey and Ajax all the way.

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Willie Mays
25 months ago

As a fellow police officer I am offended that the city of Marietta has chosen this route. I sent the mayor a respectful email stating my disapproval. If others would like to let him and other city officials know how they feel, his email address can be found at the attached link: http://www.mariettaoh.net/government/mayor

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Robin L Gibson
25 months ago

This is so not right I am a rescue I have lots of following i shared on my diesel the face of doggie domestic violence... He has following all over the world ..marietta you should be ashamed.. I have also shared on the k-9 pages asking police across the nation not to bid..

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Keisha Maas
25 months ago

The city should be ashamed of themselves! Ajex deserves to be with his handler! 4 years of being in one family to a sog is all they know and how can the city put an animal who helped protect their city up for auction that's a disgrace! I'm so ashamed to of the city for doing this and anyone who sees this fundraiser will share it eith the hope that the city will just retire ajex WITH his handler! As a taxpayer he deserves it!

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Kelly Parlin Lang
25 months ago

Officer Hupp... I know you will find it in your heart of hearts to give this special K-9 officer to his handler for only 1.00! After all the years and countless hours of dedication to the force to protect us , these two deserve the respect of our community to go out/ retire together. If you are the Rodney Hupp I remember, I know you can make this happen.

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Nicole Walukewicz
25 months ago

The city should be seriously ashamed of themselves. The dog served as a police officer protecting the people. The dog should be given a retirement he deserved, in the loving home of his handler. I hope Karma hits every offical hard for this act of mistreatment of a veteran, even if it is "just a dog" to them. He served his town and his county. Go Fund Me should waive their percentage to show some sense of humanity as well

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Brandi Fickiesen
25 months ago

I'd like to think we live in a better area than this. Prayers no one bids on this man's furry canine partner -& Officer Hickey deservingly can take Ajax home with him - where he belongs!

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Latanya Meadors
25 months ago

I hope no one bids so he can get Ajax. This just isn't fair. Why would u even want to separate them after all this time. Unfair to both of them Very disappointed in this police dept if someone does bid hopefully they will give this dog as a gift to the handler

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Ryan Bates
25 months ago

Gary Branham, agreed 100%, worst case scenario with this is more K9 units get vests;)

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Joe-Jen Anderson
25 months ago

Ajax doesn't belong to the PD -- he belongs to the tax payers, who already paid for him once. He needs to be retired with his handler. This shows exactly how much Marietta city officials respect their police officers as well as well as what they think of animals. Disgraceful!

+ Read More
Ronnie Fusco
25 months ago

When I retired I had to pay for my K9 partner... she was $1.00 cause being "Govt." property they couldnt just give her away .... its very sad but was lucky ...Ofc. Hickey should be afforded this same opportunity , at the very least ALL other bidders obstain

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Gary Branham
25 months ago

I am disappointed that the city Marietta treated Officer Hickey this way, rescinding the offer so they could possibly get more money? I hope everyone respects this and doesn't bid. He should get Ajax for $1. And that would be what the city deserves, for playing this greedy game. Just another case of showing the under appreciation of those putting their life on the line daily. This guy did it for 30 years! Thanks for your service Officer Hickey!

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Joe Glock
25 months ago

As a K9 trainer a 4 year old dog has no value to be sold. Priceless to the handler but not to work. This police dept should be ashamed of their selves.

+ Read More
James Rhodes
25 months ago

I have known officer Matt Hickey both on and off the clock the man sincerly loves his job and more impotantly his family he has been at certain points in my life a real inspiration redirecting me in the correct direction.Having said all that the man loves officer ajax as his own they jabe shared so many memories good and bad im sure lol that it would make no damn sense at all to break this family up Matt i wanna thank you for all you stand for you are very dear to many of us. I hope the right thing happens and Ajax gets to stay with you and your family. Good luck bud

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Diane Fleming
25 months ago

The City of Marietta should be ashamed for taking a stand such as this against officer Matt Hickey and even more so his partner, Ajax! They have risked their lives to protect us for many years and this is the "thanks" they get for their dedication? A dog is more than an "object" to be auctioned off to the highest bidder!!!! Matt Hickey is this dog's FRIEND and COMPANION and to separate him from his family and SELL him to a stranger is just plain ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!! Does everything have a price tag on it? Personally, I would be very happy to donate to help purchase equipment for the dogs; but, I will not participate in auctioning off a man's working partner and best friend! This situation sounds like extortion to me and should NOT be permitted! PLEASE ALLOW THESE TWO OFFICERS TO RETIRE AND BE HAPPY TOGETHER.

+ Read More
PN
Pedro Navaja
25 months ago

A few weeks prior to my retirement, we were issued our new firearms, a SIG P226. Price tag, around $700.00 to $800.00 I qualified with it and that would be the only time the gun was fired. I was allowed to keep the gun for the amount of $1.00 The $1.00 was paid by the Chief. Why, a K-9 should be any different? It's a tradition!

+ Read More
Jeff DeWitt
25 months ago

I remember when Matt was with his first partner Marco! He has been a great trainer, and a great public relations officer in regard to the K-9 officers! This is a sad reflection on the direction the MPD is taking! Good luck on your retirement, and in your quest to keep Ajax!! God Bless you Brother Matt

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Lauren Farrell
25 months ago

As I do think what is happening is awful, I hope the 16k that has already been donated in one day is yet again donated by the officer to someone who truly needs it. Chances are with the story making headlines, he will receive the dog without paying for it. So if you are contemplating donating to this already 16k GoFundMe, please go find one that needs medical or financial help & donate to that instead :) Best of luck to the officer & I am sure he will get his partner back! :)

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Ellie Reynolds
25 months ago

Is this auction going to be open to the public? Or just law enforcement? I hope there isnt a single bid other than hickeys. I understand hickey having to pay for ajax bc ajax belongs to the pd but why the auction? That man would pay any amount of money for ajax as would any other k9 handler.

+ Read More
Gary Branham
25 months ago

Agree Ryan, but now we see the STARTING bid is $3500....wtf? I am all for providing something to the dept for the dog to help refill the dept resources and money spent on it, but they are just being greedy. This should be an eye opener next time the city folks are up for re-election. Time for change. I truly hope Officer Hickey gets Ajax. Will be a damn shame if he doesn't. If he gets out bid maybe the bidder will do the right thing. Fingers crossed!

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Kevin Mayhood-Paskawych
25 months ago

With the proper support and pressure, you might get the city officials to change their mind. You never know, but it is possible. Supporting Officer Hickey and Ajax all the way.

+ Read More
Willie Mays
25 months ago

As a fellow police officer I am offended that the city of Marietta has chosen this route. I sent the mayor a respectful email stating my disapproval. If others would like to let him and other city officials know how they feel, his email address can be found at the attached link: http://www.mariettaoh.net/government/mayor

+ Read More
Robin L Gibson
25 months ago

This is so not right I am a rescue I have lots of following i shared on my diesel the face of doggie domestic violence... He has following all over the world ..marietta you should be ashamed.. I have also shared on the k-9 pages asking police across the nation not to bid..

+ Read More
Keisha Maas
25 months ago

The city should be ashamed of themselves! Ajex deserves to be with his handler! 4 years of being in one family to a sog is all they know and how can the city put an animal who helped protect their city up for auction that's a disgrace! I'm so ashamed to of the city for doing this and anyone who sees this fundraiser will share it eith the hope that the city will just retire ajex WITH his handler! As a taxpayer he deserves it!

+ Read More
Kelly Parlin Lang
25 months ago

Officer Hupp... I know you will find it in your heart of hearts to give this special K-9 officer to his handler for only 1.00! After all the years and countless hours of dedication to the force to protect us , these two deserve the respect of our community to go out/ retire together. If you are the Rodney Hupp I remember, I know you can make this happen.

+ Read More
Nicole Walukewicz
25 months ago

The city should be seriously ashamed of themselves. The dog served as a police officer protecting the people. The dog should be given a retirement he deserved, in the loving home of his handler. I hope Karma hits every offical hard for this act of mistreatment of a veteran, even if it is "just a dog" to them. He served his town and his county. Go Fund Me should waive their percentage to show some sense of humanity as well

+ Read More
Brandi Fickiesen
25 months ago

I'd like to think we live in a better area than this. Prayers no one bids on this man's furry canine partner -& Officer Hickey deservingly can take Ajax home with him - where he belongs!

+ Read More
Latanya Meadors
25 months ago

I hope no one bids so he can get Ajax. This just isn't fair. Why would u even want to separate them after all this time. Unfair to both of them Very disappointed in this police dept if someone does bid hopefully they will give this dog as a gift to the handler

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Ryan Bates
25 months ago

Gary Branham, agreed 100%, worst case scenario with this is more K9 units get vests;)

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