TOWN OF ONALASKA (WXOW) – Onalaska K-9 Officer Dan McCluskey and his family lost their home and most of their belongings when their house set on fire July 29.
So did his K-9, Czak, who works with McCluskey on drug-related investigations.
Sunday the Barre Co-Ed Lions Club gave McCluskey a $250 check to help him rebuild.
McCluskey said the money will go toward building Czak a new kennel.
"It's a significant amount of money," McCluskey said, adding he is humbled by the gesture. "It will help out with food costs and, like I said, the kennel. The panels for a kennel are rather expensive so every little bit helps at this point."
"The K-9 – that's his life. He's a police dog. He doesn't know what the bills are. He doesn't know anything else. That's his life. He's volunteering his time to help others," said Brad Schwaegerl, president of the Barre Co-Ed Lions Club.
The fire capped off a tough year for the McCluskeys.
According to the Onalaska Police Department, McCluskey's son, Aidan, needed a kidney transplant. His surgery was scheduled for later this year.
His mother, Megan, was supposed to be the donor, but in April, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Chemotherapy made Megan ineligible to donate a kidney, the police department said.
The house fire happened on the last day of Megan's chemotherapy.
There will be a benefit held Nov. 2 at the Holmen American Legion for McCluskey and his family from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Donations can also be sent to The McCluskey Fund, C/O of the Bank of Galesville, PO Box 94, Trempealeau, WI 54661.
The Barre Co-Ed Lions Club also gave a $200 check to Peach and her handler, Tim Devine, Sunday.
The pair volunteers its services to help law enforcement with search and rescue missions.
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