HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A member of the Holyoke Police Department is a lot safer Thursday night, thanks to a 10-year-old girl.
Allison Henry of Palmer was honored Thursday for raising enough money for the department to buy a bullet proof vest for one of their K-9 dogs.
Her mother found out about Ryker through a group called Vested Interest in K-9s.
Allison decided that instead of birthday presents this year, she would ask for donations instead to help get Ryker a vest.
"I just feel that a dog should be safe because I really like animals," Henry said.
Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger praised the young girl. "A young lady at 10 years of age, making an impact on the world, making a positive impact," he said.
Thursday night, the department also introduced their two newest K-9 members, June and Titan.