TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) — The Tazewell Moose Lodge provided the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office with a special, live-saving donation Friday.
The Moose Lodge raised $950 to purchase a bulletproof vest for the Department’s K9, Criss.
That’s about $300 more than a vest for a human officer.
“We don’t want anything to happen to him, you know,” said Criss’ handler, Cpl. Quentin Harris, “He’s a member of our team just like me, or the Sheriff, or any other person that works here. So we wanna offer him the same protection that me or any other deputy would get.”
“Criss is a member of our department and is just as important as [anyone] else,” said Sheriff Brian Hieatt, “So for the Moose Lodge to raise the funds, and be able to give us the money to make sure our K9 is protected, means a lot to me and all the men and women of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.”
This isn’t the first time the Moose Lodge has helped the Sheriff’s Office.
According to Sheriff Hieatt, the Moose has previously provided the department with new weapons, and computers used to assist with Internet crimes.
“This is just one of the multiple things the Moose Lodge has been able to do to help us work harder for the citizens of Tazewell County,” Hieatt said.
Meanwhile, officials at the Moose are just glad to help.
“Tazewell County is not that big of a County and their budget is tight,” said Moose Lodge Administrator Harry Nolley, “With our proceeds, we’ve been able to help them with about everything they’ve asked for. We think they do a terrific job.”
And the Sheriff’s Office is extremely grateful.
“It means a lot any time one of the local organizations supports us,” Cpl. Harris said, “It means a lot to us and lets us know the community has a trust in us and is here to help us when we need it.”