Ted Marantz, K-9 Vest Provider
Did you know that most U.S. police agencies – from federal all the way down to local – use K-9 officers? Did you also know that many of those canine heroes work without the same protective equipment as their human partners?
Well, Ted Marantz only had to hear about one such vulnerable animal – Cooper, a 5-year-old German shepherd serving Stamford – to take action. The Connecticut teen raised over $1,000 through family, friends, and his community’s little league organization to purchase a bulletproof vest for Cooper.
It’s hard to tell who’s the most grateful – handler Seth O’Brien, who says “this may save his life;” Assistant Chief Jon Fontneau who finds Ted’s gift “enormous,” or Cooper himself. :)
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