The Allentown Police Department’s “Team Beny” donated $1,200 to Lehigh County Humane Society at a presentation on Thursday, December 6 at 11:00am at the society headquarters at 640 Dixon Street.
The donation was made in memory of K9 Beny who served the department for more than seven years before developing cancer and retiring from the department in 2015. K9 Beny passed away in 2017.
K9 Beny’s handler, Officer Matt Geake, and Officer Jim Stanko were among a team of officers that raised the funds for the donation from a Spartan Race on July 14 at Blue Mountain Ski resort.
Beny was not only Officer Geake’s partner and best friend, but a member of the families, both his blue family and his home family. As Officer Geake repeated so well, “There is no greater bond than a man and his dog.”
K9 Beny was certified in patrol work and in more than 25 different odors in explosives detection. During his career with the department, K9 Beny and Officer Geake completed explosives searches for past presidents, vice presidents and international dignitaries.
K9 Beny conducted hundreds of demonstrations for people of all ages: school aged children, special needs children, middle and high schools and a wide range of adults.
In December 2014 K9 Beny required surgery for a large tumor between his heart and lungs. His chances of survival without this procedure were very slim. Two amazing veterinarians are credited with saving his life. K9 Beny not only recovered, but healed and continued his life.
Officer Geake and K9 Beny were an award winning team. They captured first place in the “call off” event and second place in the “obedience” category during the Salisbury Township Police Department’s 2013 K9 Police Trials.