Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:32:33 GMT
U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.Full Story >
A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.Full Story >
ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) -
One member of the Erlanger Police Department will be better protected while on duty. The department's K9 unit is the first in Kentucky to receive a stab and bullet proof vest.
Last year, 17 K9s across the nation died in the line of duty, and one nonprofit and a local volunteer are doing all they can to protect K9s like Asco.
"It can save his life, it's very beneficial for the department," says officer Chad Girdler.
These vests are similar to the one humans wear and Officer Girdler says it's designed to protect against violent encounters with suspects - bullets, knives, or even punches.
"It doesn't hurt as much and it doesn't take as much out of the dog when he's in that fight," says Girdler.
Officer Girdler says this tool is especially beneficial because they're the first unit inside on a suspect trap or a building search.
"I'm not looking for a suspect, I'm watching the dog and responding to what he's telling me, and we are very vulnerable. We are very open to somebody who knows we're coming," explains Girdler.
Most law enforcement agencies don't have the money to buy this type of protection. The retail on these vests is more than $2500, but through a national nonprofit called Vested Interest in K9's, they run about $950.
"These dogs are first responders and they go in dangerous situations everyday and just like our police officers they deserve to be protected," says Linda Krivsky.
Linda Krivsky is the Northern Kentucky lead coordinator for Vested Interest, an organization that was founded in 2009. This group has provided nearly 600 vests to law enforcement dogs across the nation.
Krivsky says it took her only three days to collect all the donations for Asco's vest.
"Once all my neighbors heard the story, they all wanted to contribute. I just have a soft spot in my heart for all police officers," says Krivsky.
One Tri-State K9 named Kilo died in the line of duty last summer. Indiana State Police took the loss pretty hard.
Officer Girdler and Asco have been a team since September. He says the thought of losing him in the line of duty is tough to contemplate.
"[It's] difficult to explain the relationship. It's similar to the relationship you have with your own child," says Girdler.
The goal is to raise nearly $4,000 to buy vests for the Newport, Dayton, and the Highland Heights police departments. Vested Interest hopes to have them ready sometime this year.
Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
Dozens of celebrity photos, including some alleged images of actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the Internet on Sunday evening. Find out how to keep your photos secure here.Full Story >
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