COCOA, Fla. — A Cocoa Police Officer is giving back to his community in a big way to help local high school students.
Cocoa Police Officer Dan Rhoades, along with his K9 partner Bear, entered a national K9 competition featuring the best police and professional K9's in the country.
The teams only had an hour to practice the obstacle course before the competition, which replicated obstacles K9s would encountered while on a real life police call.
The team won $10,000 and instead of keeping the winnings for themselves, or giving it to the Cocoa Police Department, Rhoades, along with agreement of the department, decided to help Cocoa students.
“We wanted to give back to the high school, to give back to the community," Rhoades said. "The money went to recondition the track since they support what we do we wanted to give back to them and hopefully the money helped get their track back to a good standard."