“People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men [and women] stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” — George Orwell
K9 officers and their K9 partners
Police officers dedicate their lives to protect and serve. They put their lives on the line to prevent, uncover, and apprehend. Police officers embody trust with a dependence on each other. K9 officers and their K9 partners also exemplify ultimate commitment and dependency. They are together every day, all day. This time together builds an unwavering connection based on loyalty and extensive training. The training deepens their bond, sharpens their skills, and creates a united team.
A fallen hero
On May 4th, 2019, our community changed forever. Mooresville K9 Officer Jordan Sheldon was murdered during a routine traffic stop. He was 32 years old. We, as a community, came together to grieve, support, and honor our fallen hero. Officer Sheldon was dedicated to his community, law enforcement, and the K9 partners.
The Town of Mooresville and The Exchange Club of Mooresville/Lake Norman are pleased to create a lasting memorial to Officer Sheldon and his K9s. The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park will stand as a permanent fixture in Mooresville. This park will honor and remember Officer Sheldon and his passion for dogs. It will also provide areas for play as well as a training facility for K9 officers.
The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park
The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park is located within Cornelius Road Park in Mooresville, under a tree canopy near the playground. There will be three separate fenced parks, each with public WiFi and water stations. The entrance of each facility will feature a custom metal silhouette of Officer Sheldon and his K9 partner, Ramon. “Pawvillions” will provide seating and shade for visitors. The K9 agility equipment is designed to be mobile to accommodate training needs. This park offers a space to gather, enjoy, train, and reflect.
Badges and Bones: A lifetime tribute
You can become a part of this dog park, too! Personalized Badges & Bones can be purchased to honor or memorialize loved ones. The deadline for all orders is March 31. These tributes, ornate elements installed on the fencing to show your commitment, will last a lifetime.
The dark blue Badges & Bones are $25. Your acknowledgment will be visible in a sustainable white decal. There are 3 lines of words with 20 characters per line. Businesses, logos, or social/political statements are not allowed. Local animal rescues will receive 20% of all the proceeds. The remaining proceeds will go to the Exchange Club’s Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, Prevention of Child Abuse, and Youth. This is an optimistic display of love for family, friends, pets, and especially our first responders.
The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park is a lasting memorial to our local fallen hero. He will continue to serve our community through the mission of this park. We will never forget Officer Sheldon and his ultimate sacrifice.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Click on this link to purchase your Badges & Bones
Click on this link to view the Town of Mooresville Promo
Katie Stankiewicz, founder of Willow Equine, has always had a passion for horses and a deep desire to see people succeed. Willow Equine offers equine assisted psychotherapy and business development in Mooresville, NC. Her mission is to enlighten clients to their innate abilities. Whether it’s taking the lead in their own health or focusing on leadership within their company, clients re-energize themselves through self-discovery. Clients are able to transform their struggles into authentic successes, which becomes an intricate part of their overall wellness.
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