WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Three K-9s with the West Jordan Police Department will soon have bulletproof vests while they patrol the streets. It’s all thanks to a $4,000 donation from a West Jordan woman.
After the recent shooting death of Dingo, a K-9 with the Unified Police Department who was killed in the line of duty, Alexandra Eframo said she felt an urge to step up and help.
“I love dogs and my heart went out to Dingo,” Eframo told ABC4 Utah’s Brittany Johnson. “I have the money — I have a little bit of money and I thought why can’t I do that?”
According to Unified Police, Dingo was shot multiple times by wanted fugitive who was on the run. Eframo, who attended Dingo’s funeral said she wanted to make sure the K-9s who serve her community were fully protected. She knew the K-9s were in need of bulletproof vests so she decided to donate money.
“I wanted to make sure that if they were in a situation like that, they would have that protection,” Eframo said.
The $4,000 will provide vests for three of the four K-9s with West Jordan’s Police Department.
“We have four K-9s. One is a drug detection only, the other three are dual-purpose dogs. Right now we’re trying to outfit the dual-purpose dogs that do drug searches as well as protective work,” explained Sgt. Joe Monson, West Jordan Police Department.
Sgt. Monson said they money couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It’s awesome that we are able to do this now with the donation. They are a very valuable asset to the police department. They do things that humans can’t do and they’re not just an asset and a tool but they’re part of the department.”
This isn’t Eframo’s first time making a generous donation to the West Jordan Police Department. In 2014 she donated $10,000 to help purchase a new K-9 after the loss of Starsky.