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Cedar Rapids K9 gets bulletproof vest through fundraiser

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A nationwide fundraiser held earlier this year is being credited for helping a Cedar Rapids Police Department K9 get a bulletproof vest.

A Groupon event called "Occasions" was held Feb. 15 through March 5 and raised $335,000 nationally. That money was then used by the organization, Vested Interest in K9's Inc., to buy more than 350 vests for K9s all across the country.

Ryker, an almost two-year-old Belgian Malinois born in Holland, will receive one of those vests.

Ryker is partnered with Officer Amy Shuman.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department, which has used K9s for more than 18 years, has seven K9 teams, including six narcotics dogs and a bomb/explosives dog.

The teams are all part of the Patrol Division and are assigned to every shift, making them available seven days a week, 24 hours per day.

The Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. program is in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who was killed in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police."

For more information on Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., visit www.vik9s.org.

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