Plainville Police Department K9 Riggs was provided with a custom-fitted Line of Fire (LOF) Defense ballistic and stab proof vest thanks to Brady’s K9 Fund and Mark and Dawn Breda of German Auto Repair in Watertown.
In a Feb. 12 Facebook post, the department states: “Riggs has been on patrol with Ofc. Mark Martocci for the last 11 months and has been deployed dozens of times. This ballistic vest will provide extra protection for K9 Riggs during potentially dangerous/hazardous situations.
“Brady’s K9 Fund was founded by fifth grader Brady Snakovsky of Strongsville, Ohio. Brady’s goal is to ensure that all handlers have protection for their K9 partners. Mark and Dawn Breda ... have generously provided numerous K9 partners around the State of CT with ballistic protection to ensure their safety. Ofc. Martocci would also like to personally thank Brady’s K9 Fund and Mark and Dawn Breda, as not only is K9 Riggs his partner, he is also part of his family. This LOF Defense ballistic vests puts Ofc. Martocci’s mind at ease knowing that should K9 Riggs be sent into a dangerous situation, he has more protection.”
The National Police Dog Foundation explains: “Dogs have been used in law enforcement since the Middle Ages … Police departments require a dog to first pass basic obedience training. The dogs must be able to respond to and obey the commands of their handler without hesitation for proper control.”