After Ohio police officer Ryan Davis’s K-9 partner was killed in action, he received thousand of support letters—but one correspondence stood out the most.
An 11-year-old girl named Allison sent a letter of condolence after the death of Jethro. The three-year-old German shepherd died in January after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds while police responded to a burglary at a grocery store.
“I sorry about Jethro,” said the little girl in the letter that was later shared on Facebook.
However, the support didn’t end there. The girl also sent along a donation for a special reason.
“So here is my allowance for the bulletproof vests. God bless you and the dogs,” she added.
“How does something like this not rip your heart out?” said Davis on Facebook while calling Allison a “little angel.”
According to ABC News, Davis, who had been partners with Jethro since the dog was only 8 weeks old, is still grieving the death of the K-9 and was deeply moved by the little girl’s action.
“It really touched him,” said Canton police officer, Eric Stanbro.
Since Davis did not know Allison’s return address—the letter was missing the original envelope—he searched for her family on Facebook so he could thank her personally.
Although the young girl may have given a small amount of money, it was her gesture that “really struck a chord” with the K-9 unit and Davis, said Stanbro.
He also said that the team is currently measuring the seven dogs for their new bulletproof vests.
The Massillon Police Department said on their Facebook page on March 13 that the 11-year-old has been identified.
“Through the power of social media, she should be talking to Officer Ryan Davis soon enough,” said officials on Facebook.
Davis told local news station Fox 8 after Jethro’s death that he believes the K-9 saved his life. He also said he was struggling emotionally after the tragedy.
“There’s a hole there that will never be filled,” he said about Jethro’s death.
Davis said he didn’t know if he wanted to return as a K9 officer. However, after speaking with his family he decided that he should.