(SAVANNAH, Mo.) - A local Boy Scout held a fundraiser at the American Legion in Savannah on Sunday and raised over $3700.
Joshua Hummer, with the help of his fellow Troop 60 members, held a BBQ lunch to raise money to purchase a bulletproof vest for Andrew County Sheriff's Department only K-9 unit, Rocko, for his Eagle Scout project.
Hummer called it "Operation Protect Rocko" and got the idea after meeting Rocko at one of his Boy Scouts meetings.
“Deputy Glidden brought Rocko into one of our Boy Scouts meetings and was saying how he does all of these drug busts and stuff and doesn’t have a bulletproof vest," Hummer said. "And so I thought it would be an awesome idea.”
Deputy Daniel Glidden, with the Andrew County Sheriff's Department, says that there is a huge need to protect Rocko because sometimes, he goes into dangerous situations.
“When he’s doing that, he has the possibility of getting shot or stabbed if he finds a bad guy," Glidden said. "So it’s a big deal to get a vest to protect him.”
Hummer needed to raise $2,000 to get the vest and ended up nearly doubling that. Around 275 people came to the event to support his cause.
“I would just like to thank the community and I’d like to thank Josh and the Scout program for them doing this for the Sheriff's office for our K-9 program,” Glidden added.
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