Cape Coral Police Department
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Date: April 6, 2011
Subject: Parents of Pennsylvania Officer Killed in the Line of DutyDonate Ballistic Vests to Cape Coral Police K9s.
Cape Coral Residents Rick and Debbie Burnfield's son Nathan Burnfieldwas a Police Officer for the South Strabane Township, PennsylvaniaPolice Department. Tragically, Nathan was killed in the line of duty onNovember 4th 2008.
Officer Nathan Burnfield had aspirations of being a K9 Officer but diedbefore he could reach his goal. Debbie and Rick contacted Sergeant DaveMcConnell of the Cape Coral Police Department several months ago.Sergeant McConnell supervises the department's K9 Unit and has been aPolice K9 handler and trainer for nearly 25years. The Burnfields knewthat their son always wanted to be a K9 Officer and they wanted to dosomething for Cape Coral Police K9 Unit on behalf of their son Nathan.
The Burnfields wanted to make a donation towards the K9 Unit so theyasked what was needed, and they would not take no thank you for ananswer. Sergeant McConnell told the Burnfields that only four of thedepartment's six dogs had ballistic vests. The Burnfields knew what theywanted to do; they were going to ensure that all of the Cape's PoliceDogs had protective vests.
The Burnfields paid over $1000 for the vests and donated them to thedepartment. The vests were issued this week to K9 Ben and K9 Daro. Thevests are adorned with Nathan's name on a commemorative patch. Now, allsix of the department's dogs have ballistic vests. There will be aformal acceptance of the donation at next week's Do the Right ThingCeremony (Wednesday April 13th at 2pm in City Council Chambers).
"Officer Burnfield made the ultimate sacrifice for his community. Thistragedy has brought Debbie and Rick into the Cape Coral PoliceDepartment family. We are so thankful for their generous gift and we areproud to honor Nathan in this way. The Burnfields will forever be partof the Cape Coral Police Department family." -Lieutenant Tony Sizemore