When we first met Duco...he was one of six Chattanooga K-9s working the streets without a bullet proof vest, but now he wears one of the most state of the art vests on the market.
It all started when Robin Scott told News 12 she wanted to start raising money for police dogs' bullet proof vests, and Linda Borders heard her cry.
"I read the article on line and it said that if anyone wanted to help to contact her. And my love of animals just really took hold and so I contacted Robin and I told her that I was going to purchase the first vest," Borders said.
Now Scott and Borders are working together to raise more money for vests, calling their group In VEST in K9.
They presented the donation to the city council on Tuesday.
The new design of vest is a lot more flexible that the old design, and it weighs about half as much as the old ones, so it's a lot easier for the dogs to get around when they're on the job.
Officer Tim Meeks says the vest is even Duco approved.
"He loves it, he didn't hesitate to run around in it. Most dogs when we put a vest on them they're a little hesitant, they're scared, but this one was light enough it didn't bother him at all," Meeks said.
Scott says their mission doesn't end here.
"It's the beginning of a start with us and the community to chip in to our officers and k-9 officers, because we want them protected." said Scott.
If you would like to help, you can contact Robin Scott at 423-838-9157 or inVESTinK9@aol.com.
Donations can be made via PayPal inVESTinK9@gmail.com.