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Public honors crime fighting duo

January 15, 2014
Mike Tupper, chief of the Marshalltown Police Department, and members of the public filled the council chambers Monday night to honor Sgt. Melinda Ruopp and Awol, her K9, at the city council meeting.
Tupper presented Ruopp with a service award and thanked the crime fighting team for a job well done.
“We would not have the police department we have today nor would we have the successful K9 program we have today if it were not for Melinda,” Tupper said. “Awol has been a huge part of our police department and his contributions will be missed. They have been a dynamic crime fighting team for over six years.”
Ruopp thanked the public, who she said stood behind the K9 program since 1998.
“I absolutely have to thank the public,” Ruopp said. “Every dime, basically came from the groups and citizens of this community who stepped forward from hundreds of dollars down to the little guy who handed me $10 for the police dog. The public has stood behind this program. I would not be standing here right now with this dog if I hadn’t had the support.”
In the last 15 years, Ruopp and her K9 unit have seized drugs and cash with the value of $1.8 million.


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