Ohio boy brings mission to get K9s ballistic vests to Glenville

June 11, 2019 06:55 PM

It's not just police who need a lot of equipment to protect themselves on the job. The same goes for their K9 counterparts. The problem is that K9 ballistic vests are pretty pricey, so they are often passed over as a cost saving measure. However, a 9-year-old boy from Ohio is working to change that - and he brought his mission to the Capital Region.

A fundraiser was taking place on Tuesday evening at the Water's Edge Lighthouse in Glenville for Brady's K9 Fund.

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Brady is a 9-year-old boy from a Cleveland suburb who started raising money for K9 ballistic vests about 16 months ago.

Though Brady is from Ohio, his mother, Leah, is from Niskayuna. She says it's so great to be home and getting the community out to support such a great cause.

Leah and Brady began looking into this issue after Brady saw a K9 without a vest on an episode of "Live PD." They learned that not all K9 handlers have vests for their dogs.

That inspired Brady to raise the $1,200 for one vest, which quickly snowballed into something much, much bigger.

Police officers and sheriff's deputies from around the world have reached out to have their K9s put on Brady's list.

So far, Brady has raised over $100,000.

Hear more about how Brady's idea is gaining international attention by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.


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