K9, Jackie will be safe on duty with a Donated Ballistic Vest
The Bunnell Police Department's K9 Jackie, has been awarded a ballistic vest, donated by Tom Berry of the Blue Alert Foundation, who donated the Vest through an online t-shirt fundraiser. The fundraiser paid tribute to the 20 law enforcement dogs that lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014. The vest is embroidered with, “This vest is donated by the Blue Alert Foundation.”
One of The Blue Alert Foundation's mission is to provide these bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the State of Florida.
"As a Chief in a small municipality police department, where budgets are extremely tight, I am extremely grateful for the donation and want to thank the dedicated individuals in the non-profit organization that support our law enforcement professionals,” said Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster.
The Blue Alert Foundation has ordered two more Bulletproof Vests for the Sanford, FL, Police Department's K9s, Edo and Aramis. The Vests Arrived at the Department and K9 Edo and K9 Aramis were presented with the Vests by Tom Berry, Founder of the Blue Alert Foundation.
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Comments from K9 Handlers
"It does cover all the vital organs and it has a little bit of protection on the front shoulders and under the belly," said Officer Bill Sombo.
The K-9s won’t wear the vests all the time because they might cause the dogs to overheat, but they will wear them anytime they go into a potentially dangerous situation.
"If we have the opportunity, the vest is going to be on my dog any time I roll into something. Unfortunately, if I'm patrolling and a guy robs a bank right in front of me and starts running, the vest is going to be on my dog when this stuff is going on," said Bauer.
The dogs received the vests a week after Pittsburgh police K-9 Officer Rocco died after battling serious injuries from a severe stab wound he suffered while helping his handler and other officers arrest John Rush in Lawrenceville.
Rush, 21, faces charges of aggravated assault, burglary, possessing instruments of crime, disarming a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
He is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail after Judge Jeffrey Manning deemed him to be a flight risk.
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