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.
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.