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Airport police dog gets protective vest

Dayton International Airport K-9 security dog Gunner received a new bullet-proof protective vest this week, courtesy of employees of Globe Food Equipment, Inc., a Moraine manufacturer.

Gunner, on duty since 2016, is a canine partner in a certified explosive detection team with Sgt. Ted Priest, the dog’s handler and partner, the city of Dayton said.

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The vest was acquired at a cost of $660 through the contributions of Globe Food Equipment employees. Ohio Law Enforcement K-9 Association/K-9 Vesting and First Aid was instrumental in matching Globe with the Dayton Airport K-9 Unit, the city also said.

Three officer/K-9 teams work at Dayton International Airport. In addition to security duties there, the canines are on call to assist with response to security threats in other local jurisdictions. The dogs complete 10 weeks of training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before beginning active duty.

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Globe Food Equipment employees held fund-raising programs including a raffle and bake sale to pay for Gunner’s vest, the city said.

Globe employees have also raised funds and have ordered a vest for K-9 Fara. And at the time Globe employees undertook these fund-raising efforts, Kan, the newest K-9 officer to the Dayton International Airport, was not yet on board.

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