RTA's K-9 to receive custom-made protective vest, thanks to 10-year old boy’s K-9 fund

Oct 28, 2019

CLEVELAND, OH --  A special K-9 officer of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Transit Police named Kubo, is about to become the proud recipient of a custom designed protective vest, thanks to the fundraising efforts of 10-year-old Brady Snakovsky of Strongsville.

The young Snakovsky started Brady’s K-9 Fund in 2018 with the “mission to donate practical, mission ready vests to as many police K-9s as possible,” he says. Since then he has raised enough money to vest more than 130 K-9 officers with another 60 on a waiting list.

The vest was donated by MMI Textiles of Westlake and manufactured by Line of Defense in Canada, which makes body armour and tactical gear for military, police, security forces and K-9 applications. 

Kubo is RTA’s only dual-purpose K-9 officer (bomb and patrol), and was put on Brady’s K-9 Fund waiting list last spring after Brady met RTA’s K-9 team.

MMI Textiles’ National Account Manager, Geoff Senko, heard of Brady’s K-9 Fund and wanted to get involved.  Because Senko’s grandfather, Sgt. Ken Houck, served as a police officer, Kubo’s vest is designed with a special patch in memory of Sgt. Houck.

The vests are custom fit and made of bullet proof, moisture-wicking material and are designed to be worn all day. Vests costs about $1,000 and take about 90 days to manufacture.


MMI and RTA welcome members of the media for a photo opportunity 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, at MMI Textiles (29260 Clemens Rd., Building II, Suite B-I,  Westlake, OH 44145)

  • RTA K-9, including Kubo and his handler, Officer Dennis Harmon
  • Brady Snakovsky of Brady’s K-9 fund
  • Geoff Senko, MMI National Account Manager
  • RTA officials

For more information please contact:

Linda Scardilli Krecic
216-356-3104 (office)
216-390-9605 (cell)

MMI Textiles:
Katie Seel
440-899-8050 (office)

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