Lexington teen thanked for K9 body armour

August 14, 2013 

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts recognized Heroes Vest Fund, Inc., and Leeam Stein, 14, of Lexington, for raising money to donate a body armor vest for Lexington County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Forrest. (left to right: Lt. Garry Rozier, Sgt. Derek Applegate, Sheriff James R. Metts and Leeam Stein)

PROVIDED BY THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT

— Lexington teen Leeam Stein turned a religious rite-of-passage into a fundraising event to buy body armour for one of the Lexington County Sheriff Department’s police dogs.

The custom-made bullet-proof vest for the man-tracking bloodhound, Forrest, costs $2,300, Sheriff James Metts said Wednesday when he thanked Stein and Elaine Henderson, founder of the Heroes Vest Fund which has provided body armor for all of the sheriff department K-9 units.

Stein, the son of a sheriff department reserve deputy, raised the money as his Bar Mitzvah community project.

-- staff reports

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