9-year-old girl donates birthday funds to Ashwaubenon's K-9 unit

9-year-old Mariah Weiss donates money she raised for her birthday to Ashwaubenon Public Safety's K-9 program, July 11, 2018. (Courtesy: Ashwaubenon Public Safety)

ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- It's 9-year-old Mariah Weiss' dream to one day become an Ashwaubenon Public Safety Officer.

"She wanted to be a firefighter," said Jaclyn Weiss, Mariah's mom. "Especially, for Ashwaubenon because they do eight hours of police, fire, and EMT. She wants to be able to do all three."

Mariah decided she didn't want gifts for her birthday this year. Instead, she asked to raise money toward the department's K-9 Program.

"I'm really proud of her," said Weiss. "Not most 9-year-old's have what can I do for community on their minds."

That's exactly what she did. Mariah presented a check for $600 to the agency's K-9 Team.

Officer Mac Teske and 5-year- old German Shepard, Ole.

"We started this program a little over 4 and-a-half years ago," said Capt. Jody Crocker. "And it's basically been off donations. So, today's donation from Mariah is a really big deal for us."

Crocker says her donation is far reaching beyond the department.

"Ole gets used in other communities at times and at times she's not working, we pull dogs from other communities to help us," he continued. "She's helping the Brown County community."

As part of her contribution, Mariah's name will be added to the wall of donors at the department.

And hoping to have her on the public safety team one day, Crocker says, "She's already raising money to help us, help people, that says a lot."

Weiss' mother Jaclyn says she couldn't be prouder.

"So, it's really humbling as a parent," she said, wiping tears.

Crocker says the department has raised a little more than $100,000 toward sustaining the K-9 program.

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