HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local rotary club.. Is helping out a police department in Luzerne County.

For more than a century, the rotary club of Hazleton has been serving the city and changing lives.

“Some of the things we do are provide coats for kids in the winter that may not be able to purchase them. We have a dictionary project that we’ve been doing for years. We provide the children with dictionaries and show them the value of the dictionary. We also do things like scholarships” said Lisa Marie Halecky, president of the Hazleton Rotary Club

Their latest good deed? Purchasing a new K9 and its training for Hazleton City Police Department, costing them around $20,000.

“It feels great. It’s a much needed service and being able to provide that? What more can you ask for?” Halecky said.

His name is A’Sheridan, named after a dog who served as a recovery K9 at the pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Brandon McGinnis is A’Sheridan’s handler. He says so far this K9 has helped execute four live surrenders and seized several narcotics.

“He’s like another officer. He’s a coworker just like he is a pet. He makes officers aware they’re a little more safe. It’s another tool in their belt to find drugs and find wanted people and not use the force we might have to if someone is combative,” McGinnis said.

And if need be, A’Sheridan is ready to take down a bad guy.

“A’Sharidan is a force multiplier. The presence of that dog can stop many situations from escalating. He’s a de-escalation tool essentially.”

A priceless asset to the Hazleton city police department Who stands ready for the next call

The rotary clubs good deeds are made possible by fundraising events. Their next event will be a “Wine and Beer Festival” set to kick off Saturday, August 27.