The Borderhounds Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club held their annual fundraiser over the weekend to support law enforcement causes. Past summer fundraisers have supported Iron Mountain’s K9 unit and Delta County’s bomb-sniffing K9. This year, the Borderhounds chose to support the Dickinson County Rescue Divers and their rebuilding efforts.
“This year we’re kind of spreading the love a little bit. Dickinson County Dive team, Sheriff’s Dive team, they were disbanded for a little while. They didn’t exist here for a little bit, and they were kind of getting it back together, you know humble beginnings again. They got some equipment and stuff like that but we definitely saw a need to be able to help them out,” said Jesse Brown, Vice President of Borderhounds Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
According to Brown, the Borderhounds give numerous donations throughout the year, but their annual fundraiser is their biggest event that the club plans for all year long. The community support and partnership between the Borderhounds and Dickinson County Rescue Divers is building better opportunities for law enforcement causes.
The divers regularly conduct training sessions, and Austin Giuliani, a rescue diver with the Dickinson County Dive Rescue Team, expressed his gratitude towards the community support. “It’s one of these organizations that you hope to have when you need it, but you never want to need it. We try to get together with Delta county because we’re affiliated with them right now,” noted Giuliani. “The funds raised will be used to purchase new masks, BCD’s, regulators, and to pay for different training that the divers need to keep their skill sets sharp,” Giuliani explained.
One community member, Bill Neuens, brought in a unique attraction to help promote the fundraising fun. “Bill knew about the event, and he wanted to come show his support. He brought the bull out. He even went out and bought a freezer for this event just so they could have like sixteen big tubs of ice cream to be able to support the community here for people that come out here,” Brown remarked.
Brown recognized that many different sponsors came together to make the fundraiser a success. “I definitely want to thank the local community. We had a lot of local businesses support us with donation baskets. We’ve got 52 different baskets put together with multiple different items in each basket. That will definitely help. City sales donated all of the ice for the event. We’ve got the bands here tonight, Money 2 Burn and Oz, both from Iron Mountain. Conery Sports set up as a vendor tonight. For food, we’re doing the food as well as Thermal Chaos from Dunbar,” he commented.
The music, prizes, food, and fun were enjoyed by many at Lake Antoine Park. Those who missed the event but still want to contribute to Dickinson County’s Dive Rescue Team can reach out to either the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department or the Borderhounds Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
Next month, the divers will head off to Delta County to attend a Rescue Diver One course hosted by Dive Rescue International. Enrollment in the dive rescue one course is open now, and public safety divers must be at least 18, and have proof of open water certification. Participants must also have a signed statement from a physician to register for the course.
For more information on the dive course being offered on July 14-16th, visit: