Vruwink on the tee box

 Dave Vruwink, right, former Barron mayor and a member of Brown-Selvig American Legion Post 212, Barron, will hit the ceremonial first drive at the ninth annual Barron Police K9 Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24, 2019, at Rolling Oaks Golf Course. With him are Barron officers Nathan Emmons, left, and Duke, center. Photo by Bob Zientara

Retired Barron Area School District teacher (and former city Mayor) Dave Vruwink will hit the ceremonial first drive at the ninth annual Barron Police K9 Memorial Golf Tournament starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Rolling Oaks Golf Course.

Proceeds benefit two programs, including the Barron Police Department K9 officer, and Patriot Paws, a Texas-based organization that provides service dogs to disabled veterans and others.

Vruwink served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1964 through 1970, during the time he was studying at the University of Wisconsin.

A 1961 Barron High School graduate, Vruwink started his teaching career at the Baldwin-Woodville School District. He later earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and returned to the Barron Area School District in 1970 as a math teacher and, later, as a driver education instructor.

Vruwink served 10 years as mayor before retiring from both his public office and his driver education job in April 2018.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prior to his retirement, Vruwink said he’s keeping the condition under control with daily walks that can go from four to six miles.

Tournament proceeds will help fund expenses for Duke, a German shepherd K9 officer. He is the third K9 officer to serve with the city Police Department. Officer Nathan Emmons trains and takes care of the dog.

The tournament is a four-person scramble, limited to the first 36 teams to sign up.

To register or for more information, call (715) 537-3101 or email Emmons@barronpd.com