Girl Honors Late K-9 Cop By Donating Allowance For Bulletproof Dog Vests

After learning about slain K-9 Jethro, a little girl offered her allowance to help police buy more bulletproof dog vests.

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Chrissa Hardy

Following the tragic death of heroic K-9 officer Jethro in January — he was killed in a shootout with a burglary suspect — the community of Canton, Ohio, came together and honored the police dog’s memory with messages of love and support.

But there was one message that stood out from the rest, and it was written by an 11-year-old girl named Allison. In her handwritten note, she offered condolences about Jethro’s death and included her allowance to help the police department buy bulletproof vests for their K-9 officers, TODAY reports.

A photo of the note was then shared on the Facebook page of Ohio Going Blue in an attempt to locate Allison and thank her personally.

UPDATE – Allison and her Mom have been found and will be in contact with Officer Davis soon!A little girl wrote this…

Posted by Ohio Going Blue on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Officer Ryan Davis, Jethro’s partner, was extremely touched by Allison’s note, and expressed his thanks through Officer Eric Stanbro, who works as a dog trainer for the Canton Police Department.

“Officer Davis has a soft spot in his heart for kids, as we all do, and when he and his family opened this particular letter it just hit home,” Stanbro told TODAY.

The undisclosed amount of money that Allison donated was put toward an ongoing GoFundMe fundraiser, which had an initial goal of $10,000 and has reached more than $38,000 to date. Stanbro told TODAY that the bulletproof vests have been funded and police are currently measuring each dog for their new protective vest.

A little goes a long way.

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