10-year-old raises $1.2K for K-9 unit

Ben Daniels says he wants to be a police officer and K-9 handler when he grows up

By Suzie Ziegler 

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 10-year-old boy who wants to be a police officer when he grows up decided he might as well start contributing right now – by donating $1,200 to his sheriff’s K-9 unit. 

According to WOOD-TV, Ben Daniels and his 8-year-old brother, Jake, first started pooling their allowance together. Then they held a lemonade stand. They also raised $700 through a grant from Emma Loves Dogs, a charity that honors an 8-year-old girl who died from brain cancer in 2019. 

All together, Ben and his brother were able to put together $1,200 for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. 

“I love law enforcement. I want to do K-9 officer stuff when I get older, and I just thought it was a nice thing to do,” Ben told WOOD-TV. 

“And plus, none of these guys have vests on,” Jake added. 

On average, highly-trained law enforcement K-9s can run you between $10,000 and $15,000 – not to mention food and veterinarian bills. 

The sheriff’s office has four dogs in its K-9 unit, according to WOOD-TV, and Sheriff Steve Kempker is thankful for the donation. 

“It’s been amazing to me, talking to other organization directors and groups that the giving is still there during this time,” Kempker told reporters.


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