Big Dog Books and author James Wiater of Millstone, NJ recently ordered and received their second piece of K9 Body armor which was donated to K9 Bryn and Officer Kevin Mastroserio of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office on July 6th. Bryn is a 2-1/2 year old German Shepherd who is certified by the Montclair State University K9 Scent School in conjunction with the Montclair State University Police and the Middlesex and Essex County Sheriff’s Office. The dedication took place at the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in New Brunswick, NJ. Sheriff Mildred Scott accepted the vest from James Wiater.
The vest donation was made possible from proceeds of a children’s book written by Wiater, titled “The Adventures of Solo, The Big Dog”. The book started as a simple story about a K9 officer that Wiater had made up for his daughters, Nikki and Kaci. The book was titled after real life “K9 Solo” who was killed in the line of duty in Bradley Beach NJ in 1998. The publishing of this dog-loving children’s book is a dream come true for James Wiater. “Back in 1998, after reading the article about the police standoff and how Solo lost his life in the line of duty, I made a promise to myself that one day I would purchase a bullet proof vest for a K9 officer” Wiater exclaimed.
Since the book’s publishing last August, Wiater has donated several pieces of K9 safety equipment. His first piece of body armor was donated to K9 Edge of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office in January. He has also donated two pet oxygen kits, one to the Millstone Fire Department and the second to K9 Finn of the Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office along with a field trauma kit to K9 Ricky of the Willingboro Police Department. “I have several more pieces of equipment that have been requested and I am hoping to have them delivered soon,” Wiater said. He also stated, “I am not only excited about the K9 Officers that we will be helping to protect, but also about the future of the book and the potential we have to help others!”
The Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office was the second law enforcement agency to receive a vest, from the proceeds of the book, which is about a police dog’s adventures. Wiater plans to donate additional vests to other law enforcement agencies in the future. The cost for Bryn’s vest was $900.
The MCSO K-9 Unit presently consists of 3 handlers and 4 K-9s. The unit includes 3 explosive teams and 1 narcotics team.
So far in 2017, the K-9 Units have been called out well over 100 times, for both explosive and narcotics detection. The K9 teams also conduct numerous K-9 demonstrations throughout the county.
“Unfortunately, there are many more local K9 Officers that go to work each day without body armor and protection. The more books we can sell, the more K9 Officers we can sponsor and help protect.” says James Wiater.
To purchase a copy of “The Adventures of Solo, The Big Dog”, please visit Bigdogbooks.net or email Jim@bigdogbooks.net. Or visit our GoFundMe page for anyone who may be interested in making a donation. Friends of Solo/K9 equipment.