The cost of the service dogs’ training was funded by the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund in honor of Army Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II, a Middletown, New Jersey, resident and graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, who was killed in action by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005. His parents, Marion and Dennis Zilinski, Co-Founders and Board Members of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, were on hand for the graduation ceremony.
Peyton Secrest, an 11-year-old, said the presentation he heard was very impactful. “It’s very nice to give back to our troops for all they give to our country. It’s a very good program.” The themes of Markham CARES Day are cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. The 6th grader told us he’ll be proud to wear the t-shirt the Zilinskis gave him.