K9s of Valor donates trauma kits Streetsboro, Ohio

STREETSBORO, Ohio - Three-month-old Kaya is working on getting down the basics, before he’s able to patrol the streets with his partner, Officer Jason Hall of the Streetsboro Police Department.

“Right now he’s training on narcotic detection, apprehension, and tracking, being able to track suspects or missing people,” he said.

But once he’s of age and able to serve, anything could happen.

“So a lot of times you know, that’s going to be the first person or first police officer they encounter is going to be the K-9, so you know they figure they can fight the K-9 first and that’s usually why a lot of them get hurt.”

That’s why he’s getting something special to protect him.

“We provide first aide trauma kits,” said Nathan King, founder of the nonprofit organization, K9s of Valor. “The kit has everything from minor to major you know stabbing, shooting...it can treat those injuries until they can get to an emergency hospital.”

K9s of Valor is the nonprofit organization that is donating the kit to Kaya.

“Our goal is keep these K-9s safe when they’re out on the streets. The departments will contact us and say ‘hey, we have a K-9 unit, we’d love to have a medical kit, but also I’ll call around to area departments to see if they need a kit as well,” King said.

The whole idea started after K-9 Jethro was shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

“The bond that these K-9s have officers have with their dogs, I can relate to with my dog, and so when I heard about that on Jan. 10 it really was a touching moment for me,” said King.

And they're asking folks in the community for donations, to put these first aid kits, that have items in it like this which can help stop the bleeding of an injury, into the hands of every police station in Ohio.

King said, “It’s definitely a good feeling to know that these K-9s will be a little bit safer.”

Kaya's owner and partner for the Streetsboro Police Department expressed fulfilling this type of need is priceless.

“I mean that could do wonders. Usually emergency vets are pretty far away. Yeah, this definitely will help.”

Kaya’s kit will be arriving in about two weeks, which is just in time for when he’ll be able to go out on duty in late summer. 

Helping police dogs in Akron, Ohio

GREATER AKRON — There are at least two important things to know about Nate King, a police dispatcher from New Franklin: He loves dogs and he has always had a passion for law enforcement.

 

Last year, when he found out Jethro, a K-9 officer with the Canton Police Department, died after being shot by a suspect during a burglary call, he was devastated. He knew he had to do something to help keep police dogs safe, he said.

He soon learned that first aid equipment prepared specifically with dogs in mind often is not at the disposal of their human handlers. Plus, most police departments don’t have the funds to buy that type of thing, King said.

“Police departments across the nation cannot afford and do not have the budget to fully support K-9 units with the essential equipment they need and deserve,” he said.

Handlers end up paying out of pocket or seeking donations for even basic items such as leashes and rawhides, King added.

Those needs led him to start nonprofit organization K-9s of Valor, he said.

Since he began, he’s gifted first-aid kits to a number of area police dogs and their handlers — packs containing supplies such as dressings, tourniquets and other safety gear for dogs.  

King learned through Facebook, which he uses to connect with K-9 handlers, that some local officers don’t have naloxone kits for their K-9 partners to assist in the event of exposure to fentanyl or other opioids.

For a dog whose job is to sniff out narcotics, having that equipment on hand just makes sense, according to King.

The kits K-9s of Valor provides contain the same medicine used as an antidote when a human overdoses on an opioid. In canines, the drug can be administered the same way, intranasally or via injection, King said. As with humans, if a dog seems to be experiencing an overdose but turns out to not be, they won’t be harmed, he said.

K-9s of Valor has been providing small cases about the size of pepper sprayers that human officers can wear on their duty belts to carry the drug, said King. 

So far, no local police officers he knows of has had to administer the medicine to their K-9s.

“We do this in hopes that they don’t have to use them,” King said.

“I think it is a blessing what Nate and K-9s of Valor are doing to help us,” said Officer Pamela Helmick with The University of Akron Police Department, who received a naloxone kit for K-9 Halo Aug. 19.

“In today’s world, where is seems like dangerous drugs are everywhere, it’s nice to know we have something that can save our partners’ lives. It means so much to all of the handlers to know there are people who are thinking about our partners. We know everyone loves the dogs, but these people put their words into actions.”

King runs K-9s of Valor with the help of local volunteers Toni Worthen and Courtney Wilson, he said, and the organization also provides care packages full of treats, toys and other pet supplies to K-9 officers.

“We are here for these K-9s and their handlers,” he said.

King said the goal for 2018 is to start providing Hot-N-Pop devices to area police departments with K-9 officers who don’t already have them installed in police cruisers.

The devices, which cost around $2,000 each, prevent the inside of the car from getting too hot — if that happens, an alarm will sound, windows will automatically open and the vehicle’s fan will come on.

Also using the device, an officer can open a vehicle door using a button on their duty belt if the officer needs K-9 assistance during, for example, a scuffle with a suspect, said King.

K-9s of Valor depends on donations to provide safety equipment and care packages to local police dogs, said King. Each first aid kit is $125, and naloxone kits are $70, he said.

Monetary donations are accepted via PayPal to nate@k9sofvalor.org. According to King, 100 percent of donations received go to help K-9s, and marketing and administrative costs are paid for by him or through grants.

Also, gifts to be included in K-9 care packages can be purchased through the nonprofit’s Amazon wish list, located at http://a.co/iVhlPC7.

For more information, visit facebook.com/k9sofvalor or email nate@k9sofvalor.org.

K9s of Valor helping New Franklin, Ohio Police

Southside Leader- GREATER AKRON — There are at least two important things to know about Nate King, a police dispatcher from New Franklin: He loves dogs and he has always had a passion for law enforcement.

 

Last year, when he found out Jethro, a K-9 officer with the Canton Police Department, died after being shot by a suspect during a burglary call, he was devastated. He knew he had to do something to help keep police dogs safe, he said.

He soon learned that first aid equipment prepared specifically with dogs in mind often is not at the disposal of their human handlers. Plus, most police departments don’t have the funds to buy that type of thing, King said.

“Police departments across the nation cannot afford and do not have the budget to fully support K-9 units with the essential equipment they need and deserve,” he said.

Handlers end up paying out of pocket or seeking donations for even basic items such as leashes and rawhides, King added.

Those needs led him to start the nonprofit organization K-9s of Valor, he said.

Since he began, he’s gifted first-aid kits to a number of area police dogs and their handlers — packs containing supplies such as dressings, tourniquets and other safety gear.

King learned through Facebook, which he uses to connect with K-9 handlers, that some local officers don’t have naloxone kits for their K-9 partners to assist in the event of exposure to fentanyl or other opioids.

For a dog whose job is to sniff out narcotics, having that equipment on hand just makes sense, according to King.

The kits K-9s of Valor provides contain the same medicine used as an antidote when a human overdoses on an opioid. In canines, the drug can be administered the same way, intranasally or via injection, King said. As with humans, if a dog seems to be experiencing an overdose but turns out to not be, they won’t be harmed, he said.

K-9s of Valor has been providing small cases about the size of pepper sprayers that human officers can wear on their duty belts to carry the drug, said King. 

So far, no local police officers he knows of has had to administer the medicine to their K-9s.

“We do this in hopes that they don’t have to use them,” King said.

 

K-9s of Valor has provided New Franklin Police Officer Andrew Dilbeck, shown on left with organization founder Nate King and K-9 Chase, with care packages and essential safety items, including a naloxone kit. 

King runs K-9s of Valor with the help of local volunteers Toni Worthen and Courtney Wilson, he said, and the organization also provides care packages full of treats, toys and other pet supplies to K-9 officers.

 

“Nate [King] has been amazing to me and to my team and Chase,” said New Franklin Police Officer Andrew Dilbeck, who recently received a naloxone kit for his partner, 19-month-old K-9 Chase.

Before Chase came on last January, the City of New Franklin hadn’t had a police dog for five years, added Dilbeck, who previously worked as a K-9 handler in the U.S. Marine Corps.

King first contacted him about supplying a kit stocked with emergency first aid supplies, he said. From then on, King continued to check in, Dilbeck said, inquiring whether Chase needed anything the department was unable to provide, making sure he had treats and toys on hand, as well as standard gear like leashes and collars.

“He knew I was paying for that out of my pocket,” said the K-9 officer.

He also received a $100 gift card to a pet store from King on two occasions, he said.

“What he’s done for me with Chase, from a small department standpoint where you don’t get a lot of funding, it’s amazing,” said Dilbeck. “I can’t say enough about the positive things they’re doing.”

King said the goal for 2018 is to start providing Hot-N-Pop devices to area police departments with K-9 officers who don’t already have them installed in police cruisers.

The devices, which cost around $2,000 each, prevent the inside of the car from getting too hot — if that happens, an alarm will sound, windows will automatically open and the vehicle’s fan will come on.

Also using the device, an officer can open a vehicle door using a button on their duty belt, if the officer needs K-9 assistance during, for example, a scuffle with a suspect, said King.

K-9s of Valor depends on donations to provide safety equipment and care packages to local police dogs, said King. Each first aid kit is $125, and naloxone kits are $70, he said.

To date, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit has distributed 20 naloxone kits and 50 care packages and is running a waiting list, he said.

Monetary donations are accepted via PayPal to nate@k9sofvalor.org. According to King, 100 percent of donations received go to help K-9s, and marketing and administrative costs are paid for by him or through grants.

“We are here for these K-9s and their handlers,” he said.

Also, gifts to be included in K-9 care packages can be purchased through the nonprofit’s Amazon wish list, located at http://a.co/iVhlPC7.

For more information, visit facebook.com/k9sofvalor or email nate@k9sofvalor.org.

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