Updated Saturday, Feb. 13.
After the Huron Township Police’s Mounted Unit started a GoFundMe campaign Monday with the goal of raising enough money to provide Huron’s K9 unit a custom made bullet proof vest, the cause has surpassed its goal and raised $2500.
“Thank you everyone,” said Cherie Hinderer Stump, creator of the GoFundMe page and leader of the all-volunteer mounted unit in Huron.
“Thanks to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for the grant. With the cash donations we have received we have enough for the $2500 top of the line vest that Officer Hickman wanted to protect Chief.”
“He is a very important part of our police force,” she said. “The police dog is often the first line of defense and are very vulnerable.”
Huron’s police dog — named Chief in October by a group of school students — is partnered with Hickman and has responded to a number of high profile crimes in the township since the K9 unit was first announced in September.
Money raised over the goal goes towards the GoFundMe costs and other care-related costs for Chief.
“With all the police dogs that have been injured or killed in the last few months the mounted unit would be so proud and grateful to present Chief Robbins, Officer Hickman and K9 Chief with a new vest,” she said on the GoFundMe page.
GoFundMe is a website that hosts fundraising in the form of crowdsourcing, allowing any person or organization to start their own campaign to raise funds for a particular issue. Donators can safely and securely add funds to any campaign via the “donate now” link.
Chief’s new vest should be ready in 6-8 weeks, according to Stump.
To donate, visit the page’s url here: https://www.gofundme.com/axnq3zak