When tragedy struck the Norfolk Police Department, sorrow filled the air. The very special officer was a K9 named Krijger. During a shootout in Norfolk, Virginia, the brave dog was shot and killed.
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Hearing of the innocent animal’s death, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s heart broke, as he is huge dog lover himself.
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Cooper came to find out through retired SEAL Jimmy Hatch, whom he did an interview with last year, that if Krijger had been wearing a bulletproof best, one made especially for police dogs, he might have made it out of alive.
Hatch, a former military dog handler, already runs the charity Spikes K9 Fund and that’s how he had come to know Krijger.
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Upon that information, Cooper made the selfless decision to donate enough money to the NPD that each and every dog would receive a ballistic vest. But these pieces are not cheap. Each vest is about $2,200!
Hatch let the media know that with Cooper’s funds they could purchase 18 vests for Norfolk’s police K9 unit in addition to a few for Hampton-Roads’ units, and the police were at a loss for words.
Here’s what they posted:
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The contribution by Cooper is astounding and, most importantly, kind. It refreshes us to remember that we can (and should) make a difference in areas we are passionate about.
Share his kind deed to inspire others to do the same!
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