Marie Noplos/Daily Journal: One-year-old Ava Braud, sitting on her grandmother Diane Braud and next to her great-grandmother Delores Friedrich, gets to meet Deputy Bryan Savaloja and his dog Zeus, who serves on the K9 unit.

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Protecting the protector

Published 10:52am Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated 10:52am Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Police departments, firefighters, medical responders all have different forms of protection while they are on the job, whether they are bullet proof vests, fire resistant clothing or rubber gloves.

For area sheriff’s deputies, the protector is Zeus.

Zeus a three-year-old German shepherd. On Saturday the Nidaros 4-H club helped raise money for Wadena County so they could buy a special bullet proof vest for Zeus.

“I have had him since he was just a puppy,” Savaloja said. “He gets up and comes to work with me everyday and comes home with me at the end of the day. He is a special dog. He doesn’t like to sit still for anything; he is go go all the time. I wish I had his energy.”

Zeus serves Wadena county and the surrounding area. The money raised will go toward the purchase of a bulletproof vest for him.

Donations can be sent to The First National Bank of Henning, Ottertail and Battle Lake.

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