Erlanger police K9 Asco and his handler, Officer Chad Girdlar
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Northern Kentucky residents raise money to buy ballistic vest for Erlanger K9 officer

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ERLANGER, Ky. -- Erlanger's newest officer, 2-year-old Asco, is getting a special gift from the community. It's a K9 vest.

"He's going to have a little more protection. He's not going to be as vulnerable," said Asco's partner, Officer Chad Girdlar.

The vest is designed to protect the dog from violent attacks.

"It is bullet resistant and stab resistant," said Erlanger Assistant Police Chief Tony Wilson.

When Northern Kentucky resident Linda Krivsky heard Asco didn't have a vest, she connected with Vested Interested in K9s. She went to her neighbors to help raise the $950 to buy Asco his new armor.

"The neighbors opened their wallets and in three days I had the money for the vest," said Krivsky.

Krivsky will present the police department with the vest during a ceremony Jan. 7 at the Erlanger City Council Meeting.

--UPDATE: The special meeting was delayed until Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

The organization is continuing to accept donations to purchase additional vests for K9 officers in Newport, Dayton, and Highland Heights.

You can make a donation at razoo.com.

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