SOMERVILLE, NJ– The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to dedicate its K-9 Unit kennels in memory of a local animal-lover who died on 9/11.

The Alison Marie Wildman Foundation was established by her family in 2002 to honor the memory of the 30-year-old Bridgewater resident who loved animals and who was tragically killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.

“In 2013, the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit named its newest tracking bloodhound ‘Wildman’ in honor of Alison and now we have dedicated these new dog kennels in her honor as well,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. Arthur Wildman and his daughter Jill presented a ceremonial check for $12,000 for the kennels at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 14.

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The kennels house K-9s Wildman, Apex and Diesel, who are handled respectively by Sheriff’s Officers Thomas Wallace, David Danker and Al Bauer.

“Over the past 13 years the Alison Marie Wildman Foundation has had a very special relationship with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “Donations from the foundation have been used for body armor, dog food, veterinary bills and training aids. The foundation has donated approximately $30,000 to the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit during this time.”

“I would like to thank the Wildman Foundation for their continued generous support to our K-9 Unit,” Sheriff Provenzano said. “The money that was donated by the Wildman Foundation increases the safety and security of our county residents, which is the number-one priority of the Sheriff’s Office.”