Mocksville community raising money for K-9 bulletproof vests

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Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.

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MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — People from as far away as California are expected to attend a memorial service Sunday for Gorky.

The Davie County K-9 officer was killed last month during a standoff. His partner Chris Flemming was injured and returned to work this week.

Since Gorky’s death the community has started working to raise money for K-9 bulletproof vests.

“We don’t need to lose another one,” said Renee Galliher, who was one of many people who helped train Gorky and is organizing a fundraiser Saturday called Operation InVest A K-9. “They strive to do their job and Gorky did his job. He stayed right beside Officer Flemming.”

The vests have to be custom fitted and cost around $1,200 each.

The group, with the help of more than 25 restaurants and businesses, are holding a fundraiser Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Davie County Rescue Squad. The event with include food, music and raffle.

Gorky’s Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday inside the Davie County High School Gym at 3 p.m.

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