Banner Health K-9s receive donation of canine body armor
Non-profit Vested Interest provide bulletproof vests to Alex, Dragon, Harry and Bain

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PHOENIX (March 13, 2019) -- Banner Health Special Operations K-9s Alex, Dragon, Harry and Bain have received bullet-and- stab protective vests, thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Banner has a very large K-9 unit, consisting of 38 dogs who help keep Arizona and Colorado hospitals safe. They are trained to provide protection, sniff out narcotics and bombs and overall help us maintain a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.

K-9 Alex and Dragon’s vest were embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ty, California City Police Department”. K-9 Harry’s vest was embroidered with “In memory of K9 Jethro, Canton, OH Police Department.” K9 Bain’s vest was sponsored by Andrea Simon-Topoff of Tucson, Arizona. and embroidered with the saying “Born to love - Trained to serve - Loyal always”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501-c(3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet-and-stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided more than 3,200 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest is valued between $1,744 – $2,283, and has a five-year warranty and an average weight of four to five pounds. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the U.S. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call (508) 824-6978 or visit

About Banner Health

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit





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