CNN’s Anderson Cooper Just Gave Something To Police They May Have Never Received From Media Before
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is putting his money where his heart is. As a result, the K-9 dogs of the Norfolk Police Department will lead safer lives as they go where humans fear to tread.
The story began in September 2015, when Cooper interviewed Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch about an attempt to rescue Bowe Bergdahl in which Hatch was wounded. Since retiring as a SEAL and military dog handler, Hatch has become an advocate for K-9 dogs in the military and police.
This past week, the two men reconnected after the death of Norfolk, Va., Police Department K-9 Krijger. The dog was killed in a hostage situation that ensued after a domestic violence report.
Hatch had to act. He launched a campaign in Krijger’s name to raise the money to buy life-saving Kevlar vests for the K9s. The vests cost about $2,200 each.
Cooper saw Hatch’s social media posts about the need, and stepped forward, although he made no public announcement. Instead, Cooper’s good deed was shared with the world by Hatch’s charity, Spike’s K9 Fund.
“We are humbled to announce that Anderson Cooper has donated his speaking fee for his upcoming “Norfolk Forum” speech (26 January) to Spike’s K9 Fund for the K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign. His donation was quite generous. All of the Norfolk K9’s will be outfitted and we will start outfitting K9’s from other cities in Hampton Roads with the remainder,” Hatch said in a statement.