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Chief Lynn Freer, Officer Kyle Veech, Brutus, and Lt. Clifford Smith. I Brutus is Vested By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski Police Department K-9 Officer- Brutus - received his own bullet and knife resistant vest. The vest was a re-vest from Department of Corrections Officer Lt. Clifford Smith of Custer Park, Illinois. Lt. Smith said his K-9 had originally received the vest. But, now, his dog no longer is in situations where the vest was needed. Brutus became the logi- cal recipient. Lt. Smith explained that the vest was originally a gift from Genevieve Lampert of La Grange Park, Illinois. Genevieve is a 12-year-old who helps police dogs. She has gifted several police dog vests over a few short years. It started on Genevieve's ninth birth- day. She asked friends and relatives to 12 Officer Kyle Veech, Brutus, and Lt. Clifford Smith. donate to her cause rather than give her gifts. She also set up a box to collect used print cartridges at her local police station. When it's fifll, she trades the used cartridges for cash. She bakes dog bis- cuits to sell at dog shows and functions, puts coin boxes at local businesses, and collects aluminum and scrap metal for recycling: Genevieve has raised thousands of dollars and purchased vests for her K-9 police friends. Mt. Pulaski Times John Axe, Officer Kyle Veech, Brutus, Department of Corrections K-9 Instructor Brian Baca, and Officer Will Gilmer. The vest presentation was well attended. Officers present weYe - Department of Corrections Officer Lt. Clifford Smith of Custer Park, Illinois presented Brutus with the vest. Department of Correc- tions Officer Brian Baca of Macomb, Illinois. Officer Baca is the Department of Corrections K-9 Instructor. He has been instructing and training Officer Kyle Veech and Brutus. John Axe, retired Depart- ment of Corrections K-9 Instructor. John has been field instructing and training Offi- cer Kyle Veech and Brutus. Officer Will Gilmer, Part/ Time Mt. Pulaski Police Offi- cer. Will has been volunteer- ing as Brutus' "Bad Guy" for field gaining. Will puts on the padding and Brutus practices on him. Chief Freer com- mented that when Will walks in, Brutus "smiles". Chief Lynn Freer of the Mt. Pulaski Police Depart- ment. Chief Freer commented he is more than pleased with the work Officer Veech and Brutus have been doing as part of their training. Officer Kyle Veech and Brutus - partners. Officer Kyle Veech expressed his appreciation for the vest. He said that he feels better knowing his partner has this additional protection. The donated vest is valued at $700. Times Photos Sept. 3, 2011