Church donates bullet-proof vests to Indiana State Police K-9s

In December, we reported the Richville United Methodist Church outside Ligonier was raising money for the bullet proof vests to donate to police departments with K-9s.

Posted: May 9, 2018 8:50 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 11:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Five Indiana State Police K-9s in northeast Indiana have extra protection thanks to FOX 55 viewers.

In December, we reported the Richville United Methodist Church outside Ligonier was raising money for the bullet proof vests to donate to police departments with K-9s.

After the story aired, donations started pouring in and the congregation of 12 people raised about $4,000.

Wednesday, the church's pastor presented the five vests to their handlers, three are based at the Fort Wayne post and two are based at the Bremen post.

"It will allow those K-9 teams to function in a more safe manner. The dogs will be able to operate just like their partners," said Indiana State Police Post 22 spokesman Ron Galaviz.

"The people now know a small church can be essential in a small community like Ligonier," said Pastor Gary Ford.

Ford said he has also raised money for vests for other departments while serving at other churches in the area.

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