Members of the Southern Macomb Warthogs motorcycle club donated tactical litters to more than 20 K-9 teams in Macomb County, including the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Southern Macomb Warthogs motorcycle club donated tactical litters to more than 20 K-9 teams in Macomb County, including the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo provided by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office

Warthogs donate tactical litters to K-9 teams in Macomb County

By: Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published November 1, 2019


MACOMB COUNTY — Having the right equipment on hand to move an injured K-9 or safely lift the dog over a wall or fence matters when seconds count for first responders.

Members of the Southern Macomb Warthogs Chapter 44 recently supplemented the gear issued by police departments across the county by adding tactical medical litters for 24 K-9 units.

The motorcycle club — consisting of about 40 active-duty, retired and reserve police officers, firefighters, prosecutors, judges, jail guards or court officers — raises money to support public safety professionals in need or related causes. Chapter President Nick Chakur, who retired as Center Line’s director of public safety and also served as an elected city councilman, a reserve public safety officer and a military police officer with the U.S. Army and the National Guard, said the idea for the medical litter fundraiser started with a similar program made through the Fraternal Order of Police Christopher M. Wouters Lodge 124. The lodge purchased equipment for the Warren Police Department’s four dogs.

“Some of us are members over there. We thought it was a great idea,” Chakur said. “Why don’t we do this for the rest of the county so that everybody has the equipment if needed?

“They can take it anywhere it needs to go,” Chakur said. “If (a K-9 is) injured, they can transport it without further injuring the dog. It’s there when they need it, and they do have it in the event something happens.”

Chakur said 22 of 24 Revere K-9 medical litters purchased by the Warthogs had been distributed as of Oct. 30. They’re being presented to K-9 teams from Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Eastpointe, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. The cost of the equipment totaled more than $3,000.

“We appreciate their commitment and donation to help our K-9s and law enforcement here in Macomb County,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

The Warthogs raised money for the effort and others, including an upcoming “Wish with a Warthog” holiday outreach, through charity bingo. The group hosts games at Plaza Bingo 12, on Schoenherr Road south of 12 Mile Road, four days a week. Sessions begin at 10 p.m. on Fridays, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

“We give all the money to police officers and firefighters who are hurt or killed in the line of duty, or their families and children,” said Gus Ghanam, a Warthogs member, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reservist and the city of Warren’s deputy public service director. “We have funded funerals. We have funded operations, stem cell research for one of our guys. Our chapter has donated over $100,000 in charitable expenses and contributions. We take nothing for ourselves. All proceeds go to those in need.”

The roots of the Warthogs organization go back to 1993, with chapters in the United States, Canada and Norway. The Southern Macomb Chapter split off previously from the Mount Clemens group.