The Lehi Police did several K-9 demonstrations at the Dawgs & Dogs event. | Nicole Kunze

All About Fuel & Food, the Sinclair station at 1750 W Main Street, had their third annual “Dawgs and Dogs” event on Saturday, June 22.

“This is a safety and awareness fair for people to get to know their first responders,” explained Zach Taylor, manager of All About Fuel & Food. “It always ends up being a fun event. We made triple the amount this year than we did last year in just the first few hours today,” added Taylor. Pepsi donated 12 oz. cans of soda to go with the free hot dogs and chips, and Sinclair gave away swag as well. The food and drinks were free, but people were encouraged to donate to one of the charities available.

The event always includes K-9 police demonstrations behind the store where one of the officers gets in a protective suit and the dogs show off what they do in the field, biting and holding on while the officer pretends to try to get away. During the event, All About Fuel & Food sells “Back the Blue” shirts with $2 from every sale going toward the Utah Fallen Officers Fund. When an officer in Utah is killed in action, the Utah Fallen Officers Fund Utah 1033 Foundation gives the family of the officer a check for $25,000 within 24 hours of a confirmed, qualifying line-of-duty death.

“Dawgs and Dogs” always includes a charity fundraiser. This year, volunteers collected money for three-year-old Avery Hamilton, a little girl in Lehi who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. Avery was at Primary Children’s Hospital for several weeks getting chemotherapy. Neighbors have organized yard sales and started a charity account where donors can give money. (For Venmo: @Avery-Hamilton-Charity-Account, for Paypal: averyhamiltoncharity@gmail.com.)

“People are generous and tender-hearted here in Lehi. They always want to help their neighbors in need,” said Andrea Taylor, volunteer at “Dawgs & Dogs” and Zach Taylor’s wife.

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