Boise's new K9 named after Medal of Honor recipient

Statesman staffJune 12, 2013 

After considering hundreds of entries in a contest to name the Boise Police Department's new K9, officers have made a unanimous pick: Jackson.

The winning name was submitted by teen brother and sister Trent and McKenzie Johnson. They offered the name in recognition of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Arthur Jackson of Boise. Jackson served in the Marines during World War II and was honored for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Peleliu in the Palau group, 18 September 1944."

Trent and McKenzie joined Jackson and his wife, members of Trent's Boy Scout Troop 315, Boise police Chief Michael Masterson and members of the K9 unit on Wednesday during a ceremony to announce the winners.

Trent and McKenzie also announced that they will donate their $100 award to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, a local group that helps post 9-11 wounded or sick vets into new civilian careers.

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