From Henrico Police:
The Henrico County Police Division will receive a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a generous donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County. The presentation will take place February 15th at the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office.
The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin. Sarah was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. Sarah was also an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine.
Although substantial, this donation was not enough to cover the total cost of the ballistic vest. However, Spikes K9 Fund, a Virginia-based non-profit organization, was contacted and agreed to assist with the purchase. Due to the generosity of these organizations, the Henrico County Police Division will be receiving a ballistic vest for one of its canines.
The Henrico County Police Division would like to publicly thank the Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents, the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Spikes K9 Fund, and Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his family for this generous donation. We are grateful for the opportunity for one of our canines to utilize this piece of protective equipment in Sarah’s honor.