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McKeesport K9 Unit hosts annual fundraiser

| Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
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Lauren Goughnour and Erin Sweeney encourage attendees to buy tickets for the sports auction.
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McKeesport K9 officer Fran Angert explains putting contest rules to golfer John McNeill before Friday's tee time.
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Golfers, including Geno Chambordon and Chris Snyder, purchase basket auction tickets from McKeesport firefighters Jeff Tomovcsik and Rob Patterson.
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McKeesport detective Joe Osinski, center, helps Ryan Ponist and Tim Kolich set up a table for Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe.
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Celebrating a succesful putt after getting closest to the pin on the 15th hole, from left, are Eric Whiteman, Devin D'Alessandro, Brian Arnold and Willie Theiss.
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From right, McKeesport K9 Lt. Tim Bliss and Lisa Bliss offer souvenir portraits to McKeesport K9 officer Nick Matthews and officer Jeremy Zuber.
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McKeesport detective Jim Reed, along with fellow golfers in the AEC Electric foursome, buys tickets for a closest to the pin contest from volunteers Michelle Trail, McKeesport Lt. Joe Lopretto and Jim Poston.
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McKeesport officer Josh Alfer drives around the Westwood course with his dad Ron Alfer.
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Jessica Matthews sells raffle tickets to McKeesport Sgt. Chip Olinski after an afternoon of on the course at Westwood Golf Club.
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Wayne Washowich lines a shot on Westwood's 10th hole as McKeesport police, Chief Bryan J. Wahowich, Detective Sgt. Adam Alfer and Capt. Tim Hanna wait their turn.
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Posing for a portrait with McKeesport K9 Argo, from left, are Ron Maurer, city electrician Tom Rosso, Phil Herman and state Sen. James R. Brewster.
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Zach Olshenske, right, isn't sure about the golfing avice given by McKeesport K9 officer Ross Weimer, Ryan McCurdy and McKeesport officer Dan Goughnour.
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Choosing clubs before teeing off at Westwood Golf Club, from left, are McKeesport firefighter Jimmy Young, Drew Mikruit, McKeesport public works director Steve Kondrosky Sr. and McKeesport officer Steve Kondrosky Jr.
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In the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service foursome, director Bill Miller holds the flag while Scott Dolan and Mike Paska watch Jim Ruffing make the outing's longest putt.

McKeesport Police Department's K9 Unit hosted its fourth annual golf outing Friday at Westwood Golf Club.

Thirty foursomes competed on the West Mifflin course and enjoyed basket auctions, raffles, door prizes and dinner, with all proceeds benefitting the unit.

“We want to thank all of the business sponsors, golfers and volunteers for making this outing possible,” said Lt. Tim Bliss, the unit's leader. “This annual event is one of several that help us fund the K9 unit of the city of McKeesport.”

McKeesport's five patrol/narcotics dogs and one explosive-detecting canine all are self-funded.

Police Chief Bryan J. Washowich said the K9 unit helps the department better serve the city.

“The K9 unit is an incredible asset to our community in terms of crime prevention and the apprehension of violent criminals,” Washowich said. “I commend our K9 officers for all they do. Their job is 24 hours, and they are very dedicated.”

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.