A non-profit organization gifted a bullet and stab protective vest to a Monson Police dog in honor of a fallen Weymouth Police sergeant Thursday.
The Monson Police Department said the charitable donation to K9 Storm came from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Sponsored by the Heatherfest fundraiser, the protective vest was embroidered with the words “Gifted by HeatherFest in Memory of Sgt. Chesna WPD.”
Sgt. Michael Chesna of the Weymouth Police Department was killed in the line of duty July 15 while pursuing an erratic driver who police said eventually fled on foot, threw a rock at the officer, took his gun, and turned it on the officer and a female bystander.
The non-profit’s mission is to provide protective gears and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies across the country.
Each vest values between $1,744 to $2,283, has a five-year warranty and weighs up to five pounds.
The donation to provide one vest for a police dog is $950.
So far, the non-profit has provided over 3,2000 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations. The program is open to certified dogs who are actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies and are at least 20 months of age.
New police dog graduates, as well as those with expired protective vests, are eligible to participate.