Like your mom taught you, it’s considered proper manners to say thank-you when you get a gift.

That’s exactly what Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Detective Steven Billingsley and his partner, Kruger, did Wednesday.

Jeffrey and Wanda Marks contacted the Sheriff’s Department several months ago and wanted to help the Sheriff's Department K-9 by purchasing a new bullet-proof and stab-resistant vest for K-9 officer Kruger.

Billingsley coordinated with the Marks and Elite K-9 to find the safest vest for Kruger. 

This vest, which is almost twice the cost of a normal patrol vest, was solely paid for by the Marks. 

After several months with the vest on back order, and the wrong vest was sent, the perfect one came in last week. 

Kruger got to personally thank Jeffrey and Wanda Marks for the new vest Wednesday.

The Marks moved to Sequatchie County over a year ago and made Fredonia Mountain their new home. 

Moving from Chattanooga to Dunlap, the Marks have a love for animals and the outdoors. 

The Marks said that they wanted to help keep the officers safe, including K-9 Kruger. 

This isn't the first time the Marks have helped Police K-9's. 

Two years ago they donated a vest to Red, a K-9 from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.