STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — It started out as a simple mission: raise enough money to buy a bulletproof vest for a police K9.
Now, that mission has blossomed into a nationwide program, all led by an 11-year-old boy from Strongsville.
Thursday, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Jim Carroll, made a special stop in Northeast Ohio to thank Brady Snakovsky for his work.
Through his non-profit, Brady’s K9 Fund, Brady has been able to raise more than $325,000, providing 285 vests to K9 officers across the country.
“I knew that the K9s do a lot of good working protecting us,” Brady said,” and I wanted to help them, so I wanted to protect them, too.”
Carroll was already scheduled to take a trip to western Pennsylvania on Thursday evening, but he says when he read about Brady in the news, he knew he had to take a detour to pay Brady a visit.
“It’s not often that you have people of his character, and I knew that coming here would be a real honor for me,” Carroll said.
Brady also got to meet several canine officers and their dogs at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Office in Brook Park.
You can donate to the cause by visiting the website for Brady’s K9 Fund.