Local K9 needs a ballistic vest


BUCKHANNON — As we wrap up the season of giving, Buckhannon Police Department’s new K9 Officer, Erros, needs your help to protect him as he serves the community.

The Blue Line K9 Project has paired with BPD to raise money in order to purchase a custom fit K9 Storm, Inc. ballistic vest. The BPD believes Erros should be protected from danger with a vest, just like his human partner.

K9 Erros is newly trained in article search, suspect apprehension, and drug detection. He is only 18 months old and will spend many years ahead serving and protecting the City of Buckhannon. While he keeps us safe, we have an opportunity to help keep him safe in the line of duty. Each ballistic vest costs $2,800, and $700 has been raised so far!

The Officer Down Memorial Project reported that 291 K9 Units have died in the line of duty in 2020. A proper ballistic vest would greatly increase the amount of protection a dog has against stabbing, gunshots, explosives, blunt force trauma, etc.

His handler and partner, Officer William Courtney, is grateful for all donations made thus far, and stresses the importance of K9 ballistic vests.

“Police canines are often exposed to dangerous situations. As his handler, this vest would provide a peace of mind in knowing that he has the same level of protection that I do,” Courtney stated.

Donations can be made through Blue Line K9 Project’s Facebook page or website. Checks can also be made out to Blue Line K9 Project and sent to the Buckhannon Police Department if you’d like to help ensure the safety of Erros.

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