CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Navy SEAL Donate Ballistic Vests to Norfolk Police Dogs

By Mark Joyella 

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has stepped in to help the Norfolk, Virginia Police Department outfit its entire K-9 unit with ballistic vests–just days after a Norfolk police dog was shot and killed in a standoff with a man barricaded in his house.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Cooper donated “enough money” to buy Kevlar vests similar to those used by military dog handlers–each costs about $2,200.

A retired Navy SEAL, Jimmy Hatch, who served as a military dog handler, launched a campaign to raise money to buy the vests. Cooper interviewed Hatch in 2009. Cooper “wasn’t keen on me publicizing his donation,” Hatch told the newspaper, “but I told him I was going to do it anyway. He’s such a good dude. And genuine.”