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Brookfield Couple Donates $12,500 For New Police K-9 Argo

K-9 Bruno, shown with handler Jeff Osuch, passed away last month. Thanks to the generous gift of a local couple, the Brookfield police officer will be getting a new canine partner, town officials say.
K-9 Bruno, shown with handler Jeff Osuch, passed away last month. Thanks to the generous gift of a local couple, the Brookfield police officer will be getting a new canine partner, town officials say. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brookfield Police Department

BROOKFIELD, CONN. – Brookfield police Sgt. Jeff Osuch will have a new canine partner thanks to the generosity of a local couple, says First Selectman Steve Dunn.

Osuch had been working with K-9 Bruno for eight years when the police dog took ill and died in July.

The 11-year-old German shepherd had drawn much praise for his skills in tracking, sniffing out narcotics, and protecting his handler.

Bruno was also such a big hit in the community that artist Rachael Chandler, who runs a pet portrait business called 4 Paws and a Paintbrush, presented a painting in memory of"Bruno to Osuch. The portrait will hang at Brookfield Town Hall.

According to Dunn, longtime town residents Ruth and Warren Malkin heard that the department needed a new K-9 and donated $12,500 for the purchase and training of the new dog, Argo.

The town officially recognized the Malkins for their gift Monday at the Board of Selectmen meeting.

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