BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — Thanks to a determined Aggie animal-lover, the Bryan Police Department's K-9 unit received a gift today that will help better protect them in the future while they protect us.
Every day when Kohn and Falco's partners Officer Hanks and Officer Hauke hit the streets in Bryan, they do too.
So when Katie Tippett, an A&M graduate student, found out the two dogs didn't have bullet proof vests to protect them on the job she decided to do something about it.
"When it comes down to it, this is about the dogs and so it's very comforting to me to know that we're protecting them as best as we can because every day they're the ones protecting us," said Tippett.
Tippett created a fundraiser called Aggie Kevlar for K-9s, and in just a matter of a day and a half she raised more than $2,500 to buy the four-legged officers two Kevlar ballistic vests.
"It's very heart warming and it's just a reflection of the generosity of the community and the group of people who contributed their time."
The vests do more than just stop bullets; they also protect all of Kohn and Falco's vital organs in case they're ever stabbed or kicked.
Giving their handlers a sense of relief knowing their dogs are better protected.
Kohn's handler, Officer Chad Hanks said, "When you send them through that barrier you know that there is protection and they're not just totally at mercy of anything else so it's a good feeling knowing they have a chance."
Officer James Hauke, Falco's handler adds, "Oh it helps a lot. I wouldn't go to work without my vest and so now we have vests for our dogs."
Because to Officer Hanks and Hauke, Kohn and Falco aren't just their K-9 partners, they're family.