Canton K9 Officers Diesel and Tuko get new body armor

CANTON, Ohio — Two Canton Police Department K9 officers are getting new body armor.

According to the Canton Police Department, Diesel and Tuko will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in 9s.

Diesel is a 21-month-old Dutch Shepherd who was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. He is a dual purpose patrol/narcotics K9. He also works with the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Tuko is a 21-month-old German Shepherd who came from Hungary. He works the midnight shift, and is also a dual purpose patrol/narcotics K9.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a K9 is $1,050.

The vests are sponsored by the Police K9 Association of Canton. They’ll be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Jethro EOW 1-10-2016.”

The 3-year-old German shepherd Jethro was shot three times during a January confrontation in Canton and died the next day.