Fetching new name for police puppy Warrior
FOR Ballina business owner Rick Beddoes, Warrior was a fitting name for a police puppy who would hold a special place for the family of late police Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson.
Sergeant Richardson from the Port Stephens Local Area Command was killed last month when the police car he was driving crashed into a tree on his way to assist colleagues who were engaged in a pursuit.
As a result, NSW Police launched a bidding auction for the rights to name two new police puppies, with all funds going to the Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson Appeal which will directly support his wife, Constable Margaret King and their two young boys Patrick, 7, and Aiden, five months.
The German Shepherd police puppies were born on December 6 to General Purpose dogs Matrix and Dax are known as the "W" litter, meaning they needed names that began with 'W'.
Mr Beddoes, the director of Meridian Protection Group in Ballina which specialises in security guards and dog patrols, said his business had been looking for an organisations to support and couldn't go past the police dog naming appeal.
"I thought that fits in really well with our business model but also it does go to a very worthwhile cause," he said.
"I was lucky enough to grow up with a dad, and I've got a little boy and one on the way as well, and I'd hate for my kids to grow up without a dad.
"So I just felt it was something that really fitted in, not only with my company, but what we believe in as well."
The business won the bid to name the male puppy with a $2,750 donation and put forward three names - Warden, Wicked and Warrior - but decided to let the Richardson family chose.
He said was told by Mrs Richardson the naming had been a "bone of contention" at her house for a week.
"She said she loved Warden… but in the end with the toing and froing between her boys, she gave up and said look boys, it's your call what do you want to name him and they said Warrior."
During a meet and greet with the police puppies in Sydney, Mr Beddoes, his wife Carol and son Justin, got to meet Warrior and officers from the Police Dog Unit.
"He's got big feet, a beautifully natured dog, he's got a high drive, he's very alert," he said.
"With the right training I think he's going to turn out to be a great police dog."
Mr Beddoes also presented the Dog Unit with the same dog first-aid kit that saved their German Sheppard Pummel after he was bit by a brown snake.
He said it was his goal to see every police, defence and security dog with its own first-aid kit.