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Dedicated to K9 Officer Kai of the Bannock County Sheriffís Department, whose death in the line of duty inspired the creation and continuing existence of Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog, Inc., and to Detective Andy Thomas whose love and commitment to K9 Kai was steadfast and relentless.

K9 Kai is the sole reason that this organization exists. He is the reason that now, and in the future, every K9 officer in the state of Wisconsin will receive bullet & stab proof vests to protect them as they protect us. Many K9s will live because he died. He gave his life that day to save the lives of his partner, his fellow officers and the citizens of his County. He displayed selflessness, courage, dedication and the bravery of K9 police officers everywhere. His life was meaningful and his death was not in vain.

On March 5, 1994, K9 Kai was shot in the chest while successfully disarming a criminal. He was not wearing a bullet proof vest like his fellow human officers. Sadly, most departments are not given the funds to provide this armor for their K9 officers. Had Detective Thomas been given that protection for K9 Kai, he would have used it. K9 Kaiís love, respect, loyalty and devotion for his partner, Detective Thomas, was so obvious from his genuine, pure, and deeply unwavering willingness to risk his life. To be loved like that is an amazing thing and Detective Thomas knew it. The love he had for Kai was no less than that of a family member. I cannot imagine losing my friend, my partner and my family pet all in one moment. Thatís why I founded and maintain WI Vest-A-Dog.

K9 Kai received the ďMedal of HonorĒ posthumously. He left behind a legacy that I cannot even begin to describe. Iíve been determined to add one more chapter to his legacy that will continue on for years to come. To bring even more meaning to his life and untimely death through WI Vest-A-Dog. If I could have saved K9 Kaiís life, I would have, and Iím sure you would have too. We couldnít. However, we can defend the lives of his canine comrades who enter into harms way everyday. And, together, in honor of Deputy K9 Kai and Detective Andy Thomas, we are doing just that!

Iíll never forget you Kai.

Donna Morgan





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