92°F
weather icon Clear

Community goes to the dogs: Funds raised for Kevlar vests for K-9 officers

Boulder City’s two K-9 officers will soon have some much-needed safety equipment thanks to the support of the community.

In less than two days of fundraising, people donated the $5,200 needed to purchase bulletproof vests for K-9 officers Luna and Lloyd.

“Thank you to all who helped us raise enough to buy these specialized vests,” said Boulder City Police officer Alan Nutzman, Luna’s handler. “There are times when Luna and I are in dangerous situations, and while I have a vest, she is vulnerable. “Luna is more than a dog. She’s part of the family and I want to keep her safe. … This community is amazing when there is someone in need. I truly appreciate the generosity and support. … It’s amazing how much pride they take in these dogs,” he added.

Luna and Lloyd assist with traffic stops, serving search warrants, clearing buildings and finding narcotics. They also help the officers quickly if backup is needed.

Recently, the city partnered with Keeping K-9s in Kevlar, a nonprofit that helps communities raise money for bulletproof vests for K-9 officers. The vests are $2,600 each and protect against stabbing, shrapnel and bullets shot from a handgun. They usually are not part of a budget and paid for with donations.

They are made by K-9 Storm Inc. of Winnipeg, Canada. Each is custom made to fit the dog.

Nutzman said this week the company is sending a kit to the department to measure Lloyd and Luna. Once K-9 Storm receives that information, the vests will be made and delivered in six to eight weeks.

“I want to make sure to do it right,” Nutzman said.

Luna has been with the Boulder City Police Department since 2017 and Lloyd since 2018.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Second set of remains found at lake; foul play not suspected

A second set of human remains have been found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area this month and police are not currently investigating the person’s death as a homicide.

New dog park option proposed

The community is one step closer to having a new permanent dog park after City Council decided to convert an existing softball field into one.

Less than year left to obtain Real ID compliance

Barring another pandemic or other unforeseen event, the Real ID compliance date is just under a year away.

Psychologist sentenced for 3-10 years for killing wife

Dozens of friends and relatives crowded into a Las Vegas courtroom Tuesday as a Henderson psychologist was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison for killing his wife in 2015.

Pumping station activated

The Southern Nevada Water Authority has put its low-lake-level pumping station into service to secure access to the water in Lake Mead as the level continues to drop but is still urging water conservation to preserve the supply.

Body found in barrel at Lake Mead

The human remains found in a barrel at Lake Mead this past weekend are being investigated as a decades-old homicide.

Operation begins for Lake Powell conservation effort

New operational adjustments to protect Lake Powell in Arizona have already been taken into account for operations at Lake Mead and will not adversely affect it.

Public works director leaving position at city

Boulder City’s Public Works Director Keegan Littrell is leaving his position and taking a job with Henderson as a city engineer.

City council, mayoral forum held

Boulder City mayoral and City Council candidates were able to share their thoughts and ideas on local issues at a recent candidate forum.

High-end RV resort proposed

Another level of hospitality could be coming to Boulder City by way of a proposed recreational vehicle resort.