Student's donation helps K-9s for Crestview total top $10K

Alyssa & Chief

Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor hugs Alyssa Ziruolo after she donated some of her birthday money for the K-9s for Crestview campaign.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 03:58 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A Shoal River Middle School student’s 25 cent donation toward the Crestview Police Department’s K-9s for Crestview campaign moved Chief Tony Taylor so much that he visited her to express his appreciation.

“I really like dogs,” Alyssa Ziruolo said, explaining what motivated her donation. “I wanted to help get one for the police.”

Alyssa, 14, said she was impressed by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K-9s that occasionally patrol school lockers for contraband.

“I’ve seen other police dogs. They bring them to school sometimes,” she said.

While visiting her mother, Heather, at work at a local engineering office last week, Alyssa overheard Crestview Police Officer Sam Kimmons explaining the K-9s fund-raiser.

“I carry some change around with me sometimes,” Alyssa said, and digging in her purse, found two dimes and a nickel and gave them to Kimmons.


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