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K9 officer gets protection

Photo by Greg Bird
Lyon, pictured with Deputy Derek Dennis and Sheriff Randy Waters, will receive a protective vest to aid him in his duties.

By Greg Bird

Sheriff Randy Waters announced this week that the newest member of his department, K9 Officer Lyon, will be receiving a bullet and stab protection vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s Incorporated.

“Lyon is a member of this department as much as the other deputies,” Sheriff Waters said. “He deserves to be protected while on the job and we are thankful to Vested Interest for providing Lyon a vest.”

Lyon is partner to Deputy Derek Dennis, who participated in a special program offering training for the deputy and a free K9 officer for military veterans earlier this fall.

The company will provide one protective vest to the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department for Lyon. The vest is valued at between $1,700 and $2,300, carries a 5-year warranty and weighs about 5 pounds.

Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a non-profit organization based in East Taunton Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide protective vests and other assistance to dogs in the service of law enforcement and related agencies. Since being formed in 2009 the company has provided more than 2,700 vests to K9 officers across the country. For more information, or to assist Vested Interest in K9s mission by providing a tax-deductable donation, please visit

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