East Ridge, TN – This evening (January 27, 2022) at the East Ridge City Council Meeting, the City Council approved a donation and recognized KC Candle Company and Scenic City Family Practice for their generous donation of one new ballistic vest for our K-9 Unit.
The CEO of KC Candle Company, Stacy Prater, and the Owner of Scenic City Family Practice, Chris Walls, were on hand for the donation.The ballistic vest was made possible by KC Candle Company's Candles for K-9 Program which allows customers who purchase candles to make a donation at the time of purchase. The funds generated from this program, in addition to corporate funding from KC Candle Company, and in this case donations from Scenic City Family Practice is what were used to purchase the ballistic vests for East Ridge Police Department.
“We have always had a huge love for dogs and as any dog owner knows, they become part of one’s family. This is no different with law enforcement as these dogs and their handlers develop a strong bond. We started the Candles for Canines Program as a way to help protect these K-9 officers,” stated KC Candle Company owner, Stacy Prater. “The Candles for Canine Program is a simple way of giving law enforcement agencies the tools necessary to help these K-9 officers do their job successfully as well as being protected while doing so,” he further noted.
This new ballistic K-9 vest, valued at $800, will increase the safety and capabilities of our newest patrol canine, Quest, while he works in dangerous situations along with his handler.
“I am grateful to these businesses for their donation to our K-9 Unit and the important partnership they have built not only with the East Ridge Police Department, but with other area law enforcement and first responders. Donations like this ballistic vest help law enforcement agencies ensure their personnel have the right tools and resources necessary to be successful. The ERPD is thankful for the generosity and willingness to support our K-9 Unit shown by KC Candle Company,” stated Chief Stan Allen.
For media representatives seeking more information about the Candles for K-9 Program, please contact the KC Candle Company at 1-800-462-8053 or via email at info@kccandlecompany.com.

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