DELMAR, N.Y. - A ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon in Bethlehem to honor a local high school senior who is working to keep police dogs safe.
Rachel Piccolino has been working to raise money towards the purchase of K-9 ballistic proof vests for the Albany County Sheriff's Office three dogs.
She has already raised $210 by collecting money from vet's office jars, but needs $3,000 to get vests for all three dogs.
"It's important to us to protect our deputies but it's just as important to protect our canines, that are out there saving a lot of cops lives every day," said Sheriff Craig Apple.
"I've always been a dog lover. I have a black lab at home and I think it's so important to protect these dogs, they're heroes," said Piccolino.
Rachel has set up a fundraising page online to try and help her reach the $3,000 goal. Find out more here https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/stx2/protect-police-paws