In Norfolk, Virginia, a K9 police dog named Krijger was killed during a shootout on Monday. Afterwards, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has donated for the Police Department there in Norfolk to buy get police dogs lifesaving vests. While the other members wishes that Krijger was wearing one of these bulletproof vests, he unfortunately was not, he would be survived the shooting if he was.
Jimmy Hatch, who is a Retired Seal and former military dog handler, hear the news of killing Krijger. He launched a campaign honoring officer Krijger aims to collect the money needed to purchase the life-saving vests for the police department. Hatch knew Krijger; he runs the volunteers with the police department and charity Spikes K9 Fund.
The reason why the police department in Norfolk is not often able to purchase bulletproof vests is that the piece costs about $2,200. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper knows Hatch from an interview he did last year about his time in SEAL back in Afghanistan.
When Cooper saw the social media post of the campaign that Hatch is running, he decided to donate his speaking fee for the upcoming lecture in Norfolk. According to Hatch, they can get 18 life-saving vests with Cooper’s donation. These vests will go for the Police K9 Unit in Norfolk, and some units of the Hampton-Roads.
Hampton Police posted later on Thursday, Junuary 14, 2016, that “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.”
On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, The Norfolk Police Department will give K9 Officer Krijger a full honoring funeral process where the public will be welcomed to pay their tributes.
R.I.P. K9 Officer Krijger
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