Board adopts resolution to accept $1,000 donation to buy K-9 vests

Oakland Police Sgt. David Bouchard displays the ballistic vest worn by his canine partner Rex during Thursday night’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The vest is one of two purchased by the police department with a $1,000 donation made by Pansy Bradley of Munford.

Oakland Police Sgt. David Bouchard displays the ballistic vest worn by his canine partner Rex during Thursday night’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The vest is one of two purchased by the police department with a $1,000 donation made by Pansy Bradley of Munford.

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously adopted a resolution last week to accept a $1,000 donation to purchase two ballistic K-9 vests for the police department.
Board members took the action Thursday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman John Troncone and seconded by Alderman Kelly Rector.
Shortly before the vote, Oakland Police Sgt. David Bouchard displayed the ballistic vest worn by his canine partner Rex. Because it covers the “vital organs” of the dog’s body, Bouchard said it provides the same protection that the officers have.
“So, if he were to get shot at,” he noted, “this would definitely save his life.”
Bouchard, who is one of the police department’s two K-9 officers, said the dogs are not just their partners, but part of their whole lives “24/7 all year long.” So, he called it “very kind” to have someone concerned enough to raise funds “just out of the blue” to purchase the vests.
The donation was made by Pansy Bradley of Munford, who said she started out to raise money for K-9 vests in Tipton County. Because she “knew nothing” about vests, she “dug for information” on the Internet, and then contacted several law enforcement agencies to see how many they needed.
Noting that the vests were originally priced at $1,000 each, Bradley said she raised $6,000 in less than a month.
She took the money to the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, which chose the vests. But because “so many” were ordered, she said the price for each one was decreased.
So, after dividing up the available funds, Bradley was able to donate enough for 11 vests – six in Tipton County, two in Fayette County, one in Millington and two in Oakland.
“I set out to do six and almost doubled it,” she noted, eliciting applause from the board members and audience. “So, I think we did pretty well.”
“You did great,” Mayor Chris Goodman said. “It’s amazing what we can do with just the effort and the heart to do it.”
Although she called it a “joy” to work on the project, Bradley said she does not really “take credit” for it.
“All I had was an idea,” she acknowledged, “and Tipton County really dug deep. I had everything from little kids donating piggy bank change to my largest donation, which was $1,000.”
Declaring that Bradley has “a great heart” for the “community within West Tennessee,” Goodman presented her with a letter of appreciation on behalf of Oakland.
“I want to thank you for your willingness to be involved,” he said, “and to let you know how much we appreciate the effort you’ve gone to.”
“Oh, how nice!” Bradley responded, again eliciting applause. “Thank you.”