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Dog park volunteer recognized by Citrus Heights council

Councilman Miller, left, stands with other City Council members in giving volunteer Bill Heiser’s family a proclamation in his honor on Sept. 12, 2019. // Image courtesy City of Citrus Heights

By Rylie Friesen
The Citrus Heights City Council officially recognized William “Bill” Heiser, who passed away in May, for his dedication and volunteer work at the C-Bar-C dog park.

“We really value our volunteers in Citrus Heights,” Councilman Steve Miller said while reading a proclamation recognizing Heiser during a Sept. 12 council meeting. “Bill was loved by all he met and was a dedicated friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.”

Heiser had a love for dogs, volunteering with the Pet Owners Organization of Citrus Heights, known by its acronym “POOCH.” He was known for spending countless hours at the C-Bar-C dog park, arriving every morning to make sure the doggy bag dispensers were full, the concrete was swept, and that any excrement left behind picked up. 

He was said to be one of the first people to advocate for a dog park to be brought to Citrus Heights. 

Mayor Jeanie Bruins recalled that when POOCH was first formed, the group came to the Chamber of Commerce to advocate for the dog park. “They worked tirelessly and advocated endlessly and, as a result of that, we have a wonderful dog park.”

Miller said that while Heiser will be remembered for his passion of dogs, NASCAR, and racing, he will primarily be remembered for all of his acts of kindness, and for his willingness to help his community in any way he could, without any need for recognition. 

Heiser’s wife, joined by fellow POOCH members, was presented with a framed proclamation in his honor.

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