Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Police K9 Rick will have an extra layer of protection thanks to the kindness of Cumberland Elementary School’s Student Council students. The students raised $650 selling items during the week of Halloween in honor of DPS’s fallen K9 Jax, who was killed in the line of duty on 10/31/2017.
Those funds were then matched by Cumberland Elementary PTA making a total of $1,300 for a bulletproof vest for Rick. When asked what they learned from the project, their response: “It takes a community effort to make a difference.”
DPS said, “We are touched beyond words by their kindness. Cumberland students, thank you for making a difference by honoring Jax and protecting Rick!”
According to the school, Officer Jesse Ashe went above and beyond sharing his stories and showing how a K9 works on commands. Student Council presented Officer Ashe with a “poster card” to Welcome Rick and honor Jax, along with the check!
Article composed by Sunnyvale DPS and Cumberland Library Resource Specialist Lisa Atkins.