By Tom Haraldsen
CEDAR CITY—A Cedar City Boy Scout has created a memorial plaque that honors K9 officers who’ve served law enforcement in Iron County.
Jason Guy, a member of Troop 1874, has unveiled a bronze plaque mounted on a concrete and brick base in the Cedar City Cemetery. It will be the centerpiece of a designated area in the cemetery where a new flag pole will eventually be installed, and where other memorials and tributes to police and fire fighting groups will be constructed.
“I’ve always loved police dogs,” he said. “I loved as a kid when they would be brought to our school and we could see demonstrations of how they work. People don’t fully appreciate the work they do.”
His Eagle Scout project took longer than most—he’s been working on it for over two years. That has involved finalizing the plaque’s design, coordinating efforts with local officials, and arranging for some donated services, including those from Son Builders and Etch and Carved. Bruce Hughes, a member of Friends of Iron County Police K9s, also assisted Jason with the project. Jason said that in all, he had support from over 30 sponsors.
The plaque will list the names of K9 officers once they have retired from service. Currently, there are 13 officers listed, starting with “Saber,” who worked with Deputy Jim Green from 1987-97. The image on the plaque is that of “Castor,” the K9 who worked with Lt. Del Schlosser of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. There are currently five K9 officers working in the county.
“Most people don’t know how much time goes into training these officers,” Hughes said. “They are so efficient and such a valuable asset to our police officers and deputies.”
Jason’s parents, Debbie and Peter Guy, joined him for the dedication ceremony. Jason left late last week for Logan, where he will be studying at Utah State University with plans to be an Earth Science teacher. He’s excited that the work of his Eagle Scout project will be “a lasting tribute to members of the law enforcement community who are sometimes overlooked.”