State Police K9 Gets Life Saving Gift

State Police canine officer Union will receive body armor through a charitable donation (Photo: Connecticut State Police)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Union, a three year old German Shepard, is getting a life saving gift. Union works with State Trooper Christopher Porrini out of Southbury and soon will be getting a bullet and stab protective vest. Thanks to the non profit “Vested Interest in K9s.”

The DeGroat family of Stratford made the donation possible. Union’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In Dogs We Trust, the DeGroat Family.” A suggested donation of at least $1,000.00 can help outfit a dog with safety. The protective vests can cost as much as $2,000.00.

Union is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience, and narcotics detection.

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