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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday August 18th, 2010 :: 01:24 p.m. PDT


Donation to the Sheriff’s Department K-9 program

Nature of Incident: Donation to the Sheriff’s Department K-9 program

Location: Sheriff’s Department

Date & Time/ RB#: 08-17-2010, 1200

Narrative: On 08-17-2010, John Hesson made a donation to the Sheriff’s Department K-9 program through the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Foundation ( ). The donation was in memory of his wife who recently passed away. Mr. Hesson donated $22,000 to the program. The amount was sufficient to pay for a canine and all the requisite training to make the canine patrol ready. The German Shephard, named Renata, was named in honor of Mr. Hesson’s late wife Renee. Renata is the German translation of Renee.

Both John and Renee had for years admired the K-9 program run by the Sheriff’s Department. They were both inspired by its ability to be funded by donations. Mr. Hesson had always wanted to be a law enforcement officer, however, his career path took him in a different direction. Mr. Hesson made the decision to make the donation in his wife’s honor as a way to contribute to the program.

Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant James Fryhoff

Follow-up Contact: Sergeant Vince Camou

Date of Release: 08-18-2010

Approved By: Captain Ross Bonfiglio

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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