A member of the Trap Falls Kennel Club, instrumental in helping raise money for police to acquire and train their newest K-9, has been thanked by officers in the K-9 unit.

Chris Sweetwood set up a Go Fund Me page to help offset the cost to purchase and train Chase, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever from Guiding Eyes for the Blind last December. AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club, also provided $5,000.

Officer James Baker is now the handler for Chase.

The Trap Falls Kennel Club is a non-profit, all-breed member of the American Kennel Club since 1968, according to a press release. In addition to promoting “responsible dog ownership in the community through public education programs and events,” it also spearheaded the effort to bring a new police dog to Newtown following the Sandy Hook School shooting as well as raising funds for a new police dog for Orange and Monroe police.