- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska State Trooper K9 named in honor of a trooper killed in Tanana last year is now wearing a special ballistic vest to commemorate his namesake.

KTVA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1O4t1FG ) that K9 Skippy was given a bullet- and stab-protective vest by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. A special tag on the vest reads “In memory of Sgt. Scott Johnson.”

The 4-year-old Czech Shepherd was named after Johnson, who was shot and killed in Tanana in 2014 along with trooper Gabe Rich. Troopers say the man’s nickname was “Skippy.”

Massachusetts-based Vested Interest donates similar vests to law enforcement dogs throughout the country.

Skippy works with trooper Joshua Rallo on patrol and in drug detection cases in Fairbanks.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com


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