On Monday January 11, 2016 the Norfolk, Virginia police department lost one of its bravest members, a K9 named Krijger, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois. The brave canine officer died during a shootout after officers responded to a domestic violence call.
According to Pilot Online, he would have survived had he been wearing a ballistic vest.
These vests are expensive and each one costing roughly $2,200. Most police departments cannot afford them. But thanks to one very kind, and very famous, good Samaritan, every single dog in the Norfolk PD is about to get one.
Who’s the good Samaritan in question? Anderson Cooper.
The CNN news anchor donated the funds via the Virginia based charity Spike’s K9 Fund. Cooper had previously interviewed the charity’s founder, retired SEAL Jimmy Hatch, in 2015. The two have stayed in contact.
Hatch announced the donation on Spike’s K9 Fund’s website:
“We are humbled to announce that Anderson Cooper has donated his speaking fee for his upcoming “Norfolk Forum” speech (26 January) to Spike’s K9 Fund for the K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign. His donation was quite generous. All of the Norfolk K9’s will be outfitted and we will start outfitting K9’s from other cities in Hampton Roads with the remainder.”
The police department wrote this on Facebook:
We are at a loss for words. Following the passing of K-9 Krijger earlier this week, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has donated enough money to get a vest for every K9 at the Norfolk PD. Truly amazing.
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