After a State Police K-9 helped keep Olivia Feil and her Haverhill school safe, the fourth-grader saved her allowance for three months to buy treats and toys for the dog.
Olivia, 9, felt gratitude after Trooper Thomas Janeczak and his K-9 partner, Tank, located a suspect on Aug. 29 who was believed to be armed with a handgun in a shed near her school, State Police said in a Facebook post.
Silver Hill Elementary School was placed on lockdown to ensure the childrenâs safety, State Police said.
The suspect, Elias J. Sudler, 27, was arrested on several gun and assault charges, said David Procopio, State Police spokesperson. He was also wanted on warrants for stalking and sexual assault.
After the incident, Olivia started saving her allowance each week so she could buy Tank some treats and toys. About three months later, Oliviaâs mother called the K-9 unit, asking whether her daughter could deliver the gifts she bought to the department, State Police said.
Two weeks ago, Olivia visited a K-9 training day at the Troop A Headquarters in Danvers to meet with Tank and his companions.
âThe Department would like to thank Olivia and her family for their kindness and generosity,â State Police said. âWe â humans and dogs alike â are touched by their thoughtfulness.â
Olivia told State Police she aspires to be a canine handler one day.
âThank you Olivia! And Tank thanks you (âwoof-woofâ) too!â State Police said.