EDSO to benefit after tragic murder in Greenwood of young Gavin Buchanan

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 17, 2016 / comments

The Gavin Buchanan Memorial Foundation hopes to continue Gavin’s legacy after Saturday’s fundraiser by speaking at a convention in Las Vegas and is also preparing to make its first donation soon to police units in El Dorado County.

The Buchanan family was murdered in the fall of 2015 and their remains were burned inside the family’s cabin along Highway 193 in Greenwood.  Before he passed, Gavin was named 2015 Cover Your K9’s Ambassador of the Year.

Even at his young age as a third-grader, Gavin showed passion and philanthropy for the police department. He is remembered for unselfishly donating hundreds of his own dollars to help purchase vests for police dogs.

Just shy of his 6th birthday Gavin decided to donate his own hard-earned money to the purchase of a bulletproof vest for a police dog.  He saved chore money, tooth fairy money, and anything he could earn to collect his first $100 for donation. In 2013 he had the honor of presenting the vest to "Eddie" a K9 from the Palo Alto Police Department.   
In 2014 he was the "Cover your K-9 Ambassador" and helped present a vest to the Benicia PD K9 Officer "Atos" - his hometown.  Gavin had decided he wanted to help in his own community and wanted his donation to stay local.    


Gavin had just started third grade and was just like any other young boy: happy, rowdy, loved the outdoors, his cousins, school and loved his family.  He loved Legos, Darth Vader, and he loved animals, especially dogs.  
He didn't want any K9 Officers to "get shot and killed" in the line of duty.  Even at his young age he understood that the vests protect the dogs and can prevent injury and even death.
On September 5, 2015, Gavin turned 8 years old and celebrated with his family at their cabin in Greenwood, CA.  The very next weekend Gavin and his family lost their lives at that cabin.  It is a tragedy our family struggles daily to understand.  Even in our grief we knew this boy with a heart of gold needed the K9 vest purchase to be his legacy.  In the wake of our sorrow, friends and family launched the Gavin Buchanan Memorial Foundation and have been granted 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization status by the IRS.  

The foundation was created by surviving family members shortly after the tragic deaths to continue Gavin’s legacy, said Susie Slankard, Gavin’s grandmother and president of GBMF. 
Their single purpose is to ensure K9 officers are safe and protected in the line of duty!  

Saturday’s Wash-A-Thon is the first public event from the foundation.  

“He really loved things like this and would have absolutely been all over it,” Slankard said. “He would have taken control and handled everything.”

On February 20, 2016 in Benicia, CA at Pet Food Express a DOG-WASH-A-THON will benefit the foundation.  The foundation's website says this, "Pet Food Express will donate the full $15 spent on the dog wash to the Foundation. Not a portion, not their profit – the FULL amount. Please come, wash your own dog in their well equipped self-service station, enjoy our energetic onsite team that day, pick up your pet food or other odds & ends while you are there."

During Saturday’s event, participants will be able to purchase tokens for $15 to use the state-of-the-art self service pet washing stations at Pet Food Express. Supporters will also have a chance to meet local law enforcement and buy custom embroidered collars and tags for their dog. K9 demonstrations will also be held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. “This cause was something Gavin believed in,” said family member and foundation chairman Brandi Narvaez. “The community has had an amazing response to us so far. I think Gavin would be so thrilled and really proud of what we’ve already been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.”

All of the money raised Saturday will go to benefit the Benicia Police Department’s K9 units.

On April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV, the foundation will be attending the Nevada Court Report Association convention this year, hosting a booth at the tradeshow floor and giving a presentation on Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00 AM. Brandi and Billy – the dynamic duo - will present to the attendees: the story of launching the foundation and the privilege it is to honor Gavin’s legacy, describing in detail our purpose in this non-profit adventure. 

For more information about the foundation, Narvaez may be reached at 707-365-5424 or by email at brandi@gavinmemorialfoundation.com. Pet Food Express Community Outreach may be contacted at 925-705-5762 or mmurray@petfoodexpress.com

Find Foundatiuon info here: http://www.gavinmemorialfoundation.com

Gavin Buchanan holds a K9 vest in front of police car in 2013. Courtesy photo