Villagers: Jax, Broadview Police K9, Gets ‘Hero’ Grant

Monday, January 21, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Jax, the Broadview Police Department’s K9 dog, was recently the recipient of a national grant. | Courtesy Broadview Police Department

Jax, the Broadview Police Department’s K9 dog, was recently the recipient of a grant that’s given to departments across the country.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit based 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,” according to a release — announced this month that the Broadview Police Department’s K9 unit was among a handful across the country to receive the organization’s “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant.

The grant program covers “the annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion.”

The policy “will cover illnesses, injuries — including those sustained in the line of duty — diagnostic testing and therapies. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States, and Puerto Rico.”

Back in 2016, Jax received a bullet- and stab-proof vest with the help of a $1,050 donation from Vested Interest, according to a statement that Broadview Police posted to Facebook that year. The vests are valued at between $1,795 and $2,234. Jax’s vest was sponsored by the late Otto W. Vollenweider of Bolingbrook, police stated.

Vested Interest was established in 2009 “to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers,” according to the 2016 statement. VFP

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