Instead of birthday presents on her tenth birthday, Allison Henry asked for donations to a special project.
She wanted to raise a thousand dollars to buy a bulletproof vest for a four-legged K-9 officer named Ryker.
“I just feel that a dog should be safe, because I really like animals,” Allison said.
Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger thanked Allison for the donation during a special ceremony Thursday and said he was impressed the girl was making such a positive impact at such a young age.
The department also introduced its two newest K9 members, June and Titan, on Thursday night’s ceremony.
The animal-lover’s inspiration is Sandy Marcal, whose organization, Vested Interest in K-9s, has provided 437 bullet and stab protective K9 vests to dogs around Massachusetts.