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Irma, Sherwood police's K9, gets a brand new course for herself and other Washington County police dogs

COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Andrew Fujii, Sherwood Officer Corey Jentzsch and Irma the police K9, pose for a photo after a long day of piecing together and installing a new obstacle course for Irma in back of the Sherwood Police Department May 6.  For his Eagle Scout project, Sherwood's Andrew Fujii wanted to do something different.

So after checking out the city of Sherwood's website on possible Eagle Scout projects, he came across something that caught his eye -- building a new obstacle course for Irma, the Sherwood Police Department's K9. After connecting with Tammy Steffans, the city's volunteer coordinator, Andrew went out and checked the old obstacle course and discovered it in major disrepair.

The course, which is located in back of the Sherwood Police Department, is where Irma and her handler, Officer Corey Jentzsch, frequently train.

Soon Andrew – who is a member of a Troop 423 out of Tigard as well as a member of the Butte Creek Scout Ranch Venture Crew 0492 (Wrangler Crew) -- and his father, Taka, were busy drawing up the plans and collecting the needed materials.

"He was very excited to do it," said Lisa Gossett, Andrew's mother. "We had really great people to work with."

COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Andrew Fujii, other Scouts and volunteers piece together Irma the K9s new obstacle course on May 6 in the Sherwood Police Department parking lot. Andrew and his friends initially did work at Building Materials Resources in Sherwood, cleaning up and pruning vegetation in exchange for some of the needed supplies. Soon other donations, some of them anonymously, began rolling in.

Before long Andrew, other Scouts and volunteers began collecting materials. Some of those volunteers were from the Bowmen Family Foundation, a Sherwood-based group that honors fallen SHS Bowmen fallen heroes including Sgt. Jason Goodding, the Seaside officer who was killed last year, and Capt. Aaron Contreras, who was killed in 2003 while serving as a helicopter pilot in Iraq.

"The Bowmen Family Foundation came out on the morning of the build," said Gossett.

In the end, Andrew came up with five different types of obstacle course types with seven pieces in all.

COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Andrew Fujii gets acquainted with Irma on May 6 while installing her new obstacle course. While some of the pieces were pre-assembled, everything was put together for an unveiling and celebration on May 6 at the K9 Obstacle Course in back of the Sherwood Police Department.

The highlight, said Gossett, was when Officer Jentzsch showed up with Irma, a Belgian Malinois.

"She ran the course in front of him," Gossett said, noting that the whole experience has been eye-opening for her son.

Officer Jentzsch said he thinks the obstacles are great, adding to Irma's health, agility and training.

COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Lee Gossett, left, Andrews grandfather, and Andrew Fujii, help piece together portions of the obstacle course for Irma, the Sherwood police K9.  "Several of the obstacles help with our annual testing as well," he said. "They will be a great benefit to Irma and the surrounding K9 units in the county."

Gossett said the Goodding family was extremely helpful as well, including Jason Goodding's sister Jenn who was "150 percent" supportive of the project, according to Gossett.

Among the donors/sponsors of the project were the Bowmen Family Foundation, Building Materials Resource, the city of Sherwood, the Goodding Family, Seabold Construction, the Sherwood Police Department, the Sherwood Police Foundation and the Order of the Eastern Star.

COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Lee Gossett, left, Andrew Fujii's grandfather, and Dean Goodding, father of Jason Goodding, the Seaside officer killed in the line of duty in Seaside last year, helped out with the new K9 obstacle course."These are the folks/groups that really brought life to this project early on and reminded Andy of what happens when a community pulls together for a community project," said Gossett.  "It was truly heartwarming … the kind emails … the kudos to him for his efforts and was incredibly motivating.  Almost everyone came out on 'build day' to see the project and meet him and take photos.  It also demonstrated the great love this community has for its Police Department." COURTESY OF LISA GOSSETT - Andrew Fujii, right, watches as his father Taka draws up suggestions for the K9 obstacle course located in back of the Sherwood Police Department.

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