Kendra Cook | Founder, K9 Handler Assistant
Keeping K-9s in Kevlar
Phone: (360) 920-9638
Lt. Edward Hartwick
Fitchburg Police Dept.
5520 Lacy Road,
Fitchburg, WI 53711
December 8th, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A PRESS RELEASE FROM KEEPING K-9’s IN KEVLAR,
SHARED BY THE FITCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
K9 DRAGO FROM FITCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS COMMUNITY HEROES!
The Fitchburg Police Department and Non-Profit Keeping K-9s in Kevlar hope to fund a bullet-resistant vest for K9 Drago.
Fitchburg, WI: For many law enforcement departments, bullet-resistant vests for K-9s are not in the budget. Instead, departments rely on nonprofit assistance to acquire the protective gear. Non-profit Keeping K-9s in Kevlar accepted the responsibility to bring the community together and help fund Fitchburg Police Department’s K9 Drago for a (bullet resistant) Kevlar vest involving community assistance with their donations. The non-profit seeks community heroes to assist in funding K9 Drago’s vest. The vest costs $2,600. The campaign begins December 9th, 2022, though donations are accepted early!
Nonprofits are the way most departments receive K-9 Kevlar vests: K9 Drago’s workday includes, but is not limited to, pursuing the most violent offenders, taking narcotics off the streets, article search, area search, and building search. The Kevlar vests in need of funding will protect against stabbing, shrapnel, and bullets shot from common handguns.
Fundraising is continuous to ensure a Kevlar vest is purchased for K9 Drago as his current vest has expired. The new vest to be funded will assist in protecting him throughout the rest of his career. The Fitchburg Police Department wants to recognize K9 Drago's first five years of service and send their gratitude for the support received from the community.
To Donate: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar raises community funds through PAYPAL or https://bit.ly/3GJa8We. K9 Drago will receive 100% of donations to fund his vest. The community will be informed of fundraising total updates on Keeping K-9s in Kevlar’s Facebook page. If donations exceed the total of a Kevlar vest( after the campaign ends) funds will roll over to the next K9 in need of assistance. Recently, Madison Police Department and Verona Police Department benefited from donations to fund Kevlar vests for their K9s!
Checks can be sent to:
Keeping K-9s in Kevlar
3901 Airport Way
Bellingham, WA 98226
Facebook: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar or https://www.facebook.com/KeepingK9sinKevlar
Twitter: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar or https://twitter.com/K9sinkevlar
Instagram: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar or https://www.instagram.com/keepingk9sinkevlar/
About Keeping K-9s in Kevlar:
Keeping K-9s in Kevlar, founded in 2015, raises community funds to purchase K9 Storm Patrol SWAT Kevlar vests at no cost to the department or handler. Each vest is embroidered honoring a Fallen Officer nominated by the K9’s handler Keeping K-9s in Kevlar is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) under the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Support Foundation. No one is paid, 100% of funds go to K9 needs. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support.
FROM THE FITCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
“We are thrilled to be working with our friends at Keeping K-9s in Kevlar to support a new vest for K9 Drago. Five years ago, we were overwhelmed by community support to help bring K9 Drago to our team and we are extremely appreciative for the support we continue to receive from his “pack”.
This fundraising effort from Keeping K-9’s in Kevlar is wonderfully timed between Drago’s eighth birthday yesterday (12/7) and the holiday season to provide the gift of continued safety for Drago. K9 Drago looks forward to continuing to serve our community and the greater Dane County area in his new vest.” - Fitchburg Police Lieutenant Edward Hartwick
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT K9 DRAGO AND ADDITIONAL PHOTOS VISIT: bit.ly/fbpdk9team