Indiana police get new protective vests with the help of the 4th grader

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin Police Department said thank you to a 10-year-old boy who raised enough money to outfit the department’s three K9 officers wear protective tactical vests.

Richie Scott, a 4th-grader at Creekside elementary School, began collecting the money back in December, as part of a community service project. The project was a part of Richie’s test to earn his black belt in Taekwondo.

“I wanted to protect those who protect me, and the entire community,” Richie said.

Richie and his family started a GoFundMe page, held a bake sale and placed donation jars in various places around the community. They also got the idea to create an online silent auction. The effort gained sufficient support from the community, a contribution from the Indiana Pacers. Richie was able to auction off a basketball signed by the team.

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“I actually felt really excited,” Richie said.

Richie’s original goal was to raise enough money for the purchase of a K9 tactical vest, which his family thought that it would cost around $800. But a few months later, the Scott’s fundraising surpassed $2,000.

“My goal was to create a vest,” Richie said. “Then it all was a great success, I have three.”

The three vests were enough to make any outfit from the Franklin Police department’s three K9 officers. Richie was able to take the vests to the department during a Franklin city council meeting last Monday.

“I felt really happy for myself, because I didn’t think I was actually going to raise enough of the money,” Richie said.

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