DEDHAM – It’s not very often half a dozen police K9s show up at your birthday party but that’s what one Sorrento woman was surprised with Sunday afternoon.
Madeline Hamersley wasn’t expecting a big get together for her 90th birthday.
“Surprised isn’t even the word,” Hamersley said. “I was overwhelmed when I arrived here, with my best friends, too. They never let on and they had a lot to do with this.”
Police officers from as far as South Portland made their way to the Lucerne Inn in Dedham to help celebrate.
“I said my goodness. Something must have happened here, look at all these cruisers outside and the K9s.” Hamersley continued. “As soon as I saw the K9s sitting, I said,’Oh, don’t tell me this is going to happen again.'”
Two years ago, Hamersley became an honorary member of the State of Maine K9 unit.
Through the organization Vested Interest in K9s, she’s donated more than 30 vests to protect police dogs.
“They’re very expensive and not easy to get,” said Maine State Trooper Jeff Taylor. “To have someone that’s always had our backs, had our dogs’ backs, it’s unbelievable.”
The K9 vests can cost upwards of a $1,000 but Hamersley said she doesn’t plan to stop donating anytime soon.
“It’s terrible to lose these animals. If they aren’t protected, that’s even worse,” she explained. “It’s something that’s in my blood and I will do it as long as I can.”