Westminster police officer Robert Bollinger runs his dog, Rex, through a series of demonstrations at the inaugural Celebrate Local Heroes Festival at Dutterer’s Family Park on August 17th, 2003.
Westminster police officer Robert Bollinger runs his dog, Rex, through a series of demonstrations from biting at Benfer’s arm while it was inside a protective sleeve, to hopping in and out of the car before it was smashed by a city work crew; at the inaugural Celebrate Local Heroes Festival at Dutterer’s Family Park on August 17th, 2003.
In the background, volunteers from the Westminster Fire Department were waiting in the wings for the opportunity to demonstrate lifesaving techniques by dismantling a car.
According to an article about the event by Carroll County Times writer, Jonathan D. Jones, bringing the fire, police, and other city departments together for recognition is important, Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff said. “I always say public safety is the beginning of community,” Dayhoff said. “I think it’s an appropriate time to recognize the fire department, the police department, and the street department.”
“The festival was also an opportunity to showcase Dutterer’s Family Park, said Lori Graham, who helped organize the event.
“‘There’s never been a festival here before, and we thought [the first one] should be fun and community oriented,’ Graham said.”