MILLSBORO – Spirit and memory of a young Salisbury woman whose life was lost to heroin overdose will live on in efforts to sniff out narcotics.
Friends, colleagues and co-workers from Intervet/Merck Animal Health in Millsboro are joining forces for a fundraiser supporting the purchase of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force’s new K-9 officer.
The specially-trained narcotics K-9 officer’s name is Morgan, named in memory of 21-year-old Morgan Taylor, who died Jan. 13, 2017 from a heroin overdose.
The May 15 fundraiser event at the Millsboro Georgia House Restaurant on Main Street will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will feature a buffet and silent auction.
“That is what we are hoping; out of tragedy comes some good,” said Denise Valley, a longtime friend of Morgan and her family and main organizer of the fundraiser.
Morgan, a 2013 graduate of James Bennett High School, attended Wor-Wic Community College and was employed as a lab technician at Merck Animal Health.
“I have known Morgan since she was little,” said Ms. Valley. “I have worked at Intervet for 27 years and her mother has worked there probably 26 years.”
Tickets are $18.99 for adult and $8.99 for kids 12 and under. Children 3 and under eat for free.
The menu includes buttermilk fried chicken, Yankee pot roast, pasta, baked pineapple, macaroni and cheese, desserts and much more.
Takeout orders are available.
Silent auction items include a donation from Tailbangers, a nationally-known dog treat bakery in Millsboro.
“It really warms the heart of the people involved, and how many people have donated,” said Ms. Valley.
Silent auction donations are gladly accepted. Donations can be made by contacting Ms. Valley at 381-9684.
Narcotics K-9 officers undergo intense, specialized training. The cost per K-9 officers such as “Morgan” can range from $8,000 to $12,000, Ms. Valley said.
Morgan Taylor’s death is one chapter in the heartbreaking epidemic.
“That week that she passed there was five others in Salisbury under the age of 23 … Five,” said Ms. Valley. “Morgan was such a good kid and came from such a good family. And within six months of her trying it she passed. There was nothing wrong with her life. It’s crazy. It’s so tragic.”
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