Columbia Fire Department K-9 Izzo receives body armor

Columbia Fire Department's K-9 Izzo was gifted a bullet and stab protective vest by non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. Izzo joined the department in May 2017 as an accelerant detection canine, sniffing out possible situations of arson. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Fire Department)

Columbia Fire Department's K-9 Officer Izzo is sporting a new protective vest.

The vest comes as a gift from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. Due to the charitable donation, Izzo now has a bullet and stab protective vest while the K-9 is on duty.

Izzo joined the department May 2017. The two-year-old canine is used for accelerant detection, sniffing out areas where materials were ignited to start or accelerate a fire. According to the department, he's the only "arson dog" in Missouri. Izzo is also one of 30,000 law enforcement K-9s in the United States.

Izzo's vest comes with an embroidered message: "This gift of protection provided by Macy's."

The department store company sponsored the donation in support of Vested Interest in K9's mission to assist law enforcement agencies to provide lifesaving body armor for four-legged officers.

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