K-9 Heiko and Officer Justin Reeves of the Marysville Police Department were the talk of the town during the month of October as they toured the community raising awareness about a national competition the pair were participating in for a new Chevy Tahoe. Well the results are in…and we have a winner!
According to the results from Vested Interest in K9s, Reeves and Heiko were the second-place winners, but thanks to an anonymous donation, the pair will still be getting a brand-new ride. The number of votes were totalled at almost 279,000 with 30 contestants competing. Reeves and Heiko received just over 26,000 votes. Michael Kasdorf and K9 Lando of the Hazel Park Police Department, also Michiganders, were the first place contestants.
Officer Reeves said they “likely won’t have the Tahoe for several months yet considering turn around time after ordering and customization.” He and Heiko found out they were winners when “the President of Vested Interest In K9s personally called [him] after the contest ended. As far as comments to the public, Reeves and Heiko “would simply like to thank and extend [their] gratitude for all of the support and assistance during the month long contest as it’s a victory earned by the entire community.
Vested Interest in K9s is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests to dogs of law enforcement, and related agencies throughout the United States. In addition to the 3,500 vests they have provided since 2009, they also have helped fund K9 medical insurance premiums, K9 medical first-aid kits, and K9 opioid reversal NARCAN kits.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.