June 22, 2023 – H.G. Hill Company is pleased to donate $6,000 to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s endowment fund for canine officer and therapy dog Sergeant Bo. MNPD and Officer Faye Okert introduced the special school therapy dog in January 2023 following his graduation from Paws and Stripes College in Florida. Sergeant Bo and Officer Okert receive warm welcomes as they visit students, teachers and staff in classrooms throughout Nashville as part of MNPD’s School Resource Officer Program.
And in the wake of tragedy, therapy dogs are especially helpful in the classroom. “Crisis response canines provided much-needed comfort and emotional support to students, staff, families and first responders in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at The Covenant School,” said Jimmy Granbery, Chair and CEO, H.G. Hill Realty Company. “Officer Okert and Sergeant Bo joined these teams and we are pleased to help support their continued efforts.”
The endowment fund will provide for personalized items such as trading cards for students featuring Sergeant Bo, along with any special equipment that he might need to make his visits with students more meaningful. “I have been amazed at how Sergeant Bo attracts even the most shy of students with his calm demeanor and loving, peaceful presence,” Officer Okert said.