Tarah, Officer Vanek and The Rev. John R. Martinichio, Rector
Protecting God’s creatures
A member of the Endicott Police department received some needed protection at a presentation during the Endicott Village Board meeting. Tarah, the department’s K-9, received a customized bulletproof vest. Tarah’s handler is Officer Vanek. The funds to buy the vest were donated from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Endicott’s Gould Fund.
Each year, the church awards grants to non-profit organizations in the community and beyond. The money comes from a bequest to the Church from Bernice Gould who died in 1968. We owe her so much; we would be a very different parish were it not for her lifelong work to us in the form of greater than $1,000,000 in IBM stock and other property. St. Paul’s Gould Endowment Fund, which is now valued at over $4,000,000, provides income which contributes to our annual budget. St. Paul’s Gould Allocations funds specific gifts given annually in her memory.
With the help of Officer Vanek a grant was submitted and awarded by the Vestry.
St. Paul’s is always looking for ways to help the Endicott community it is a part of, so doing something for the village police department just up the street from the church seemed like a great fit-a good fit for us and a custom fit vest for Tarah. Tarah has been Endicott’s narcotics detection protection and tracker K-9 since 2008.