Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department
DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Derek Robbins and his dog Djanco are a team, much like Jason Ellis and Figo were, before the Bardstown officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Robbins didn't know Ellis personally, but he wanted to do something, so he and and a few others built a new cage for Bardstown's new K-9 unit, that's currently in training.
"I think if he would said he needed it in 10 hours we would have done it," said Robbins.
The new team will be equipped with a special door popper system.
"He's got a button on his belt that if he was to get into trouble, push the button and it lets the dog out," said Robbins.
This tragedy has brought forth a bonding, a closeness between the various law enforcement departments that never before existed.
"We are going to train together now, and anything we can do to help them out...we are more than willing to do," said Robbins.
The Lincoln County sheriff also pitched in, donating a system that they were actually looking to sell.
"It's a heat alarm system to make sure the dog is safe," said Robbins. He says the dogs typically stay inside the air conditioned cars for long periods of time.
Everything will be ready when the officer and dog units return from Arkansas in two weeks.