Jackson County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputy Gunner will be receiving body armor thanks to a donation from Vested Interest in K9s and sponsorship from the James Brockmeyer Memorial Fund.
According to a news release from the sheriff's office, Gunner's bullet-and-stab-protective vest will be embroidered with the sentiment "In loving memory of Officer James I. Brockmeyer."
In the release, Sheriff Robert Burns wished to express his thanks to the Brockmeyer family for their sponsorship.
Gunner's partner, Deputy Brandon Crain, is a former Chester Police officer who worked with Brockmeyer prior to joining the sheriff's office in 2015. Delivery of Gunner's body armor is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet-and-stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 2,400 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a cost of more than $1.9 million.
All vests are custom made by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 is $1,050. Each vest has a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4 to 5 lbs.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s nationally.