Roseville Team Swims For Injured Police Dog

By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — By their own admission, the Roseville Area Boys Swim Team is having an average year.

“It’s a building year,” said senior captain Noah Bergman.

But there is nothing average about what they are doing for their local police department, especially for a certain K9.

Major, a police dog, has been Officer John Jorgensen’s partner for more than 7 years. In November, while chasing a burglary suspect, Major was beaten with a crowbar to the point that his back legs are now paralyzed, and his K-9 career is over.

“He’s adjusting to not only not being a police dog anymore, and not having the use of his back legs anymore,” said Officer Jorgensen.

“I was watching the news and I saw a story about Major. That’s Roseville police, that’s us. They take care of us. They have been to a few calls over the years,” said Coach Andy Hanson.

Hanson, whose also a first responder, was so taken with Major’s story that he and his team turned this season’s “Winter Swimathon” into a Major fundraiser.

“This was twice a normal practice. For the rest of the day I was laying around not doing anything. I was very tired,” said senior captain Tom Chaffee.

The Swimathon was a grueling 5-hour practice in which team members swam more than five miles. They call it the 10,000 yard work-out, but a workout that was well-worth it. The Swimathon raised $1500, and half of that will go to Major for his rehabilitation.

“Usually it’s just to swim it, why not? But this year it felt easier knowing you were raising money for the team and the police dog,” said Bergman.

Personal Injury attorneys, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, and WCCO-TV made the Roseville boys swimmers the Community Spotlight Award winner this week. The team received a check for $500 for what they are doing for Major.

While we showed our appreciation, Major and his partner plan on doing the same thing.

“Something special — high school athletes that understand what makes the world go round, and finding good causes to go out and do good things. It’s very honorable and we are very appreciative. I will be at their swim meet on Feb. 10 to thank them in person,” said Jorgensen.

Coach Hanson said the team will use the money they received from the Community Spotlight award to pay for their end of the year banquet and to help fund a swim meet they are competing in up north.

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  1. Lee says:

    Way to go boys!! That’s great!

  2. Liz says:

    Awesome! Good work for a good cause!

  3. ER RN says:

    Dear Ben, The dog was injured in the line of duty- helping to protect and serve us. The homeless people are a different problem altogether. Please crawl back under your rock of ignorance and be quiet. Thank you.

  4. trr says:

    yo ben….that dog deserves absolute better consideration than any homeless or hungry people because of what he has done and what has happened to him..,.,.yes he is a dog but most dogs are worth more consideration than most people…especially service dogs……he deserves the very best until the day he passe away……..he is most admirable.

  5. Louis Munn says:

    Minnesotans at our best! Thank You guys for being a prime example !

  6. zach says:

    Having worked a dog that was injured in the line of duty-those that run their yap about the value of these dogs are simply ignorant, short sighted, or more likely a career criminal. This heroic dog gave its good health to preserve its peace officer handler from a crowbar assault or his possible death. My guess is that “Ben” might have a warrant or two as well as a few other issues to deal with. Major is a hero, and deserves the best possible medical care, and a comfortable retirement.

  7. CB says:

    BEN=YOU ARE A JERK , AND i AGREE WITH EVERYONE -MAJOR THANK YOU AND ALL OTHER POLICE DOGS AND THANK YOU POLICEMEN AND WOMEN OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES. SURE I HAVE HAD A SPEEDING TICKET, ACTUALLY THE LAST ONE WAY BACK IN 1986, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, A CROOK IS A CROOK AND YOU WILL BE DEALT WITH RATHER HERE OR THERE!!!GOD BLESS ALL LAW INFORCEMENT-AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PROTECTING AND SERVIING!!!!

  8. Tom says:

    that dog is worth more than you !!!

  9. Nancy Aleshire says:

    The best way to support this precious dog is to have universal legislation that crimes against animals, whether working ones or pets be an automatic felony. It is deeply troubling to my kids when they hear of someone abusing or killing a cat or a dog or horse and being charged only as a misdemeaner like they are pieces of property. They are living beings. My heart goes out to Major; he is in my prayers

  10. CB says:

    Tom, I agree with you in a way about MAJOR being worth alot, but you do not even know me, so I’m trying to figure your comment out. If he’s worth more than I, I guess you can put your name in it as well. Very strange comment-ALL POLICE DOGS, AND PERSONEL ARE WORTH A HECK OF ALOT, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!!!

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