Anderson Cooper has donated funds to provide the Norfolk Police Department’s entire canine crew with bulletproof vests after one of their police dogs was shot and killed.
According to Mashable, Anderson gave money for the vests after one of NPD’s police dogs, named Krijger, was killed Monday during a standoff with a man who had barricaded himself in his home during a domestic dispute. Krijger was not wearing a vest due to police department protocol, followed commands to approach the suspect, and was killed. Police shot and killed the suspect, 58-year-old Keith Richardson, moments later.
“This is about as bad as it gets for a K9 officer, to watch their partner go down in the line of duty,” Chief Michael Goldsmith of the Norfolk police department told WKTR News of Krijger’s death. “While he may not have raised his paw and swore and oath, he is still a part of our police family.”
Anderson made the donation to Spike’s K-9 Fund, an organization founded by a retired Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch, who lost his canine comrade in Iraq. The mission of the organization is to provide equipment and gear to protect canines in the line of duty. Through Anderson’s donation, the 19 canines on the Norfolk PD’s force will be fitted with high-quality vests for protection.
This is such a bittersweet story to report. Though Krijger will certainly be missed by his crew on the force, it’s great that Anderson and Spike’s K-9 Fund will be able to provide these other courageous dogs with proper protection to hopefully help prevent this from happening again.
Image via James Hatch