Virginia Beach girl asks for unusual birthday gift: Donations for K-9 vest

For the past few years, Alexis Mattingly has asked for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Humane Society, Hope 4 Life and Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia are some of the previous recipients of her generosity. This year, for her 10th birthday, she decided on a new one after watching the news on TV.

“I saw Anderson Cooper talking about them,” said Alexis, a fourth grader at John B. Dey Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

The longtime CNN anchor was talking about ballistic vests for K-9 officers.

Cooper donated all of his fees from a Norfolk speaking event earlier this year to Spike’s K9 Fund after learning about the death of Krijger, a Norfolk K-9 officer killed during a police standoff in January. More donations poured in when Cooper tweeted about Krijger to his 7 million Twitter followers.

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Virginia Beach names street after fallen officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Virginia Beach dedicated a street in the honor of a fallen police officer on Monday.

The street is named “Mike Phillips Way” in honor of Detective Mike Phillips who was shot and killed in the line of duty on August of 2008. Detective Phillips was killed while conducting an undercover drug operation in the Green Run Shopping Center. During an arranged meeting with two suspects, one opened fire striking Phillips multiple times.

Some could consider the street naming a break in the clouds.

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Street named in honor of fallen Va. Beach police officer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Friends, family and elected officials gathered Monday morning  to dedicate a street in honor of a fallen Virginia Beach police officer.

Detective Michael Phillips was shot and killed while conducting an undercover buy-bust narcotics operation in the Green Run Shopping Center on Aug. 7, 2008.

During an arranged meeting, Detective Phillips met with two suspects. One opened fire, striking the officer multiple times.

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Slain Virginia Beach detective honored with new street name


Police officer Mike Phillips, who was killed in the line of duty in 2008, will be remembered with a new neighborhood street named after him.

Phillips’ family, friends, co-workers and local elected officials gathered at the new Mike Phillips Way on Monday morning to mark the official dedication of the road. It will be the only street in Gwen Meadows, a new 10-home development on a cul-de-sac next to Tallwood High School.

“It is such an amazing honor and blessing to have his name memorialized in a street,” Phillips’ wife, Terri, said. “He will never be forgotten.”

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Virginia Beach K-9s receive bullet proof vests

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – K-9s with the Virginia Beach Police Department do the same dangerous work as the men and women who wear the badge.

Will Ahern is a Master Patrol officer who handles Bear, a Belgian Malinois assigned to patrol and S.W.A.T work. Ahern said Bear is often put in harm’s way; “we ask these dogs to go into dangerous places a lot of times instead of putting an officer into that dangerous spot.”

On Thursday Bear and a German Shepard named Jager were given ballistic vests. Each vest costs $2,500 and is made of material that has saved dogs’ lives in the past.

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