Marshall County Police Department K-9 Arras will soon be sporting a ballistic vest, thanks to a successful promotion. The department applied for a grant from the nationwide group “Vested Interest in K9’s, Inc.” They teamed up with the popular website Groupon to raise money for four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner. In 2013 the nonprofit raised more than $155,000 in a week to buy ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. Nationwide there are an estimated 30,000 police dogs. Arras has been a member of the Marshall County Police Department’s force for about a year. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age. Anyone who would like to contribute to “Vested Interest In K9’s, Inc.” through the Groupon promotion can visit www.groupon.com/k9s.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.