Entire K-9 Unit Gets Bulletproof Vests Thanks To Special Groupon Deal

The daily deals site partnered with a nonprofit organization to raise money to buy the protective vests.

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All 10 K-9 officers on the Fort Wayne, Indiana police force now have new bulletproof vests. Via News Channel 15
All 10 K-9 officers on the Fort Wayne, Indiana police force now have new bulletproof vests. Via News Channel 15

Most of us have used Groupon for something, whether it was to save $10 on eyebrow threading or get a two-for-one deal on taquitos. But thanks to one special Groupon deal, 10 K-9 officers in Indiana now will be a little safer when they’re doing their jobs.

Earlier this year, the daily deals site partnered with Vested Interests in K9s, Inc., a national nonprofit organization, to offer a $10 Groupon that would be used to purchase bullet- and stab-resistant vests for canine officers, News Channel 15 reports.

In the two weeks that the deal was offered, the organization raised more than $39,000 to buy the vests, $10,500 of which was earmarked for the Fort Wayne Police Department. That donation was enough to purchase 10 vests, at a cost of $1,050 each. According to News Channel 15, that means every K-9 officer on the Fort Wayne police force will have his or her own piece of protective equipment.

Each vest was embroidered with this memorial for K-9 Officer Kye. Via Groupon

Each vest was embroidered with this memorial for K-9 Officer Kye. Via Groupon

All of the vests that were purchased through that campaign were embroidered “In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department.” Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd, died after a stabbing on August 24, 2014. According to Groupon, 20 American K-9 officers were killed in the line of duty last year.

In total, the campaign raised $335,000 and provided ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. Let’s hope those donations — and the vests that were purchased — will help make the number of K-9s killed in the line of duty a little smaller, going forward.

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