GENESEO, N.Y. – The Livingston County Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with the Geneseo Fire Department and the SUNY Geneseo men's ice hockey team, will be holding a ceremonial puck drop prior to this Friday's game versus Plattsburgh at Wilson Ice Arena (7:00 p.m. faceoff).
Doing the actual puck drop will be "Hutch," a two year-old Dutch Shepherd - one of the department's newest police dogs named in honor of former Geneseo men's ice hockey player and Geneseo Volunteer Fireman Matt Hutchinson, who was killed three years ago along with women's basketball player Kelsey Annese in a double murder-suicide.
"In law enforcement, it is customary to name police animals in honor of those that have served," said Geneseo Fire Department Chief Andrew Chanler. "These names usually come from past leaders of police agencies or fallen officers who have died in the line of duty."
Sergeant Chad Draper, Hutch's handler and the supervisor of the K-9 Division, will join Deputy Mike Wade and "Hondo," Deputy Matt Moran and "Kane" and Deputy Caleb Cutting and "Kai" on the ice for the ceremony.
"When SGT Draper was asked if he had ideas on a name for his new partner, he had little hesitation," continued Chanler. "He knew the hard work and dedication Matt had as an EMT and firefighter for the Geneseo community he called his home away from home."
Color Guards from the Geneseo Fire Department and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office will also be on hand to present the colors.