“I sorry about Jethro,” the letter read, in the handwriting of an 11-year-old who was hoping that each word would help her local police department.
The January death of Jethro, a Canton Police K-9 who was shot while responding to burglary call and later died, has sparked local discussion among residents and law enforcement regarding what many believe is a need for K-9s to wear bulletproof vests while responding to calls.
“So here is my allowance for the bullet proof vests,” Allison continued in the letter. “God bless you and the dogs.”
The letter, recently opened by Canton Police officer Ryan Davis, was one of many cards and letters the police department has received in support of Jethro.
But according to posts shared by Canton and Massillon police departments on Facebook, the note had been removed from its original envelope. So Davis didn't have a way to find and thank her for the gesture.
A few hours later, Massillon Police, who had helped get the word out about the letter, said on Facebook that Allison had been identified, and that her family would be in contact with the officer so he could personally thank her.