C.D. Smith Supports Art For Iro

The Transformative Power of Art and Compassion at C.D. Smith

     In a world often consumed by the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's refreshing to dedicate my time and talent by giving back to the community through my passion for photography.  It's my goal to preserve memories while raising awareness and support causes close to my heart.  I was honored to photograph the check presentation for the Art For Iro project at C.D. Smith.
     We all have something meaningful to contribute so let us be inspired to find our own unique ways to give back to our communities.  Whether it's through photography, volunteering, or simply lending a helping hand, we each have the capacity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

It was a Saturday like any other until the quiet morning was shattered with sirens and flashing lights.

A routine call about a disturbance escalated, leaving K9 Iro critically injured as he shielded his handler, Deputy Blaine Evans, from life-threatening harm.  Iro's bravery resonated through the community, leaving hearts heavy and paws silent.
Local artist Mindy Anderson Leitner found solace in her art that morning.  Her brushstrokes gave life to a mural of Iro, a majestic testament to his courage and resilience.  Under the fading sunlight, she hung the canvas on the fence where the incident unfolded, a beacon of hope amidst the caution tape and lingering shadows.
News of Iro's heroism and Mindy's tribute ignited a spark.  A group of local businesses, led by C.D. Smith Construction, formed a committee to spread hope and support.  One thousand posters featuring Mindy's mural were donated to the cause, raising nearly $11,000 for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office K9 Program to help cover the cost of medical bills for K9 Iro, follow-up services and to support the other K9 teams.
Four weeks after that fateful Saturday, the committee gathered at C.D. Smith's office for a heartwarming check presentation. The special guests - K9 Iro, tail wagging, and Deputy Evans, beaming with gratitude.
At that moment, Iro wasn't just a K9 officer but a symbol of unwavering loyalty, a community's furry guardian angel.  Through brushes and bravery, a community healed, proving that the light of compassion shines brightest in the face of darkness.
At C.D. Smith, we're proud to be a part of that light, always looking for ways to give back to the communities we call home. Because when a hero heals, a community heals with him.
- Written by Mercedes Tucker of C.D. Smith


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