Bulletproof vest money donated for police dog hours before the K-9 was shot and killed
Tanja was shot Friday afternoon by Steven Lee Waldemer, a 58-year-old Idaho man on parole, authorities say.
Wednesday, June 18th 2014, 12:00 pm EDT by
There's irony to a police dog's death by shotgun Friday afternoon in Walker County, GA.
That morning, money had been donated to buy a bulletproof vest for Tanja, a Dutch shepherd the sheriff's department had for only about three months. The Hamilton County Roughnecks, the local chapter of a national motorcycle club of retired and active law enforcement personnel, raised the money.
"They had presented me an $850 check," Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said, calling the timing "an ironic, strange set of circumstances."
Sheriff's deputies will hold a memorial service for the K-9 deputy at 11 a.m. Friday at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Spring. It will include a 10-mile-long procession on U.S. Highway 27 that will start at 10 a.m. at LaFayette High School.
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