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(L-R) OPD Officer Sam Hay and his partner, Gonzo, Sgt. Jeff Novak, Greg Koester (ENF), Rick Wright (MainStreet Oceanside) Lt. Karen Lazer, Council-member Jerry Kern, Officer Frank Wagner and his partner, Max

OPD K-9 Officers get Bulletproof Vests Donated by Elks Club

Officer Sam Hay adjusts the new vest for his K-9 partner Gonzo. (click on image to enlarge photo)

Officer Sam Hay adjusts the new vest for his K-9 partner Gonzo. (click on image to enlarge photo)

Oceanside CA— On Tuesday evening, Oceanside Police Department K-9 officers Gonzo and Max received bulletproof vests thanks to a grant from the Elks National Foundation (ENF).

The vests were part of a $2,000 grant presented by Greg Koester during a ceremony at the Oceanside Elks Club Lodge.

Mr. Koester said “This was an extremely good project for us. Now the dogs have some protection.” he continued  “I have a lot of respect for dogs, especially police dogs. They protect us. Sometimes they get a bad rap. I don’t think it’s right or fair but it does happen.”

The cost of the two vests was $1,759.00 with the remainder of the grant going to buy food for Gonzo and Max.

So far this year in the United States, two K-9 officers have been killed by gunfire in the line of duty.

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