K9s for Warriors event organizers give back to Harrisonburg Police Dept.

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM EDT
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Organizers of the K9s for Warriors race that happened back in July gave back to the Harrisonburg Police Department as a "thank you" for their support and for letting them use the department's SWAT obstacle course.

Friday, they handed Chief Monticelli a check for $10,000 from the local charity.

Back in July, close to 900 racers and walkers raised more than $200,000. The money is going to help veterans with PTSD, anxiety, and depression by giving them service dogs.

Organizer Chad Layman said it was great to see the community rally together.

"In a time when things are a little crazy in our country, it's great to see people rallying together and helping each other," said Layman. "We are incredibly thankful for the support."

Layman said the department originally refused the money, but the organizers wanted to give something to show their appreciation. Police in Harrisonburg allowed racers to use the SWAT course, provided manpower, and helped the organization.

"You know it showed they really cared," explained Layman. "It wasn't about them. They never asked for money. They never asked for anything in return. They just said 'how can we help? We want to help our veterans.'"

Layman said there have been 8,000 veterans suicides each year, including some right here in the Valley.