- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (AP) - An Ellisville police officer has received a $15,000 gift from the western St. Louis County town to help purchase a service dog for his diabetic infant.

KSDK-TV (on.ksdk.com/1FvB8r3 ) reports that the elected leaders approved the gift to Lieutenant Andy Vaughn from the city’s benevolent fund.

Vaughn is a nine-year veteran whose 9-month-old son Sebastian was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in December.

The contribution will defray the $22,000 costs of a dog that can help monitor the child’s blood sugar levels. Another $3,700 has been raised through private donations.

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says the fund was set up in 1991 and has only been used once before, to help a cancer survivor.

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Information from: KSDK-TV, https://www.ksdk.com

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