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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

News Date: 12/3/2007 

 Lake County Fourt Grade Class Names New K-9 "DiOGi" 

On Friday, November 30, 2007, a pizza party was
held for a Lake County fourth grade class that paid
tribute to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office during a
recent contest naming a new Lake County K-9
The Lake County Sheriff's Office held the “name the
K-9” contest between two schools in Minneola,
Grassy Lake Elementary and the Minneola Charter
School. The new LCSO K-9 is a 2-year-old, drugdetection-
trained yellow lab that was obtained in
early November. “DiOGi” was purchased to work in
the city of Minneola, which contracts law enforcement
services with LCSO.
Classes in the two schools competed, and it was announced November
28, 2007, that the winning class, from over 70 submittals,
was Mrs. Victoria Palase's 4th grade class at Grassy Lake
Grassy Lake students felt the name “DiOGi” would be an appropriate
way to honor Polk County Sheriff's K-9, “DiOGi” that was
killed in the line of duty along with its handler, Deputy Vernon
"Matt" Williams on September 28, 2006.
“Isn’t that wonderful?” said Sheriff Grady Judd when told about
the contest. “We knew children in our community loved Matt and
DiOGi, but to have children from another community pay tribute
is very special.”
Polk County Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Widner and PCSO K-9 deputy
Jon Burcham attended the pizza party, and extended Sheriff
Judd’s appreciation to the 22 student class for their thoughtfulness.
For more information about Lake County’s “DiOGi,” and the contest, please contact Sergeant John
Harrell, LCSO PIO, (352)343-9592.