May 24, 2022



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Chris Jirak O'Donnell

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Ford City Lions Club donated bullet-proof vests to Armstrong County's Humane Police Officers. In the photo (from left) HPO Chris Jirak O'Donnell and Minnie, a humane rescue dog, Lion Terry Miklos, HPO Amber Phillips, King Lion Brad Ballie.

Ford City Lions Donate Bullet Proof Vests

to Armstrong County Humane Officers

FORD CITY, PA -- the Ford City Lion's Club raised more than $1,700 to purchase bullet-proof vests for Armstrong County's humane police officers (HPOs).

The HPOs often find themselves in dangerous situations and the vests will help protect them. Often, these officers assist law enforcement on cases.

HPOs investigate cases relating to animals who are victims of cruelty, neglect, dog fighting, abandonment and other mistreatment in Armstrong County. 

Both officers serve the community as volunteers and pay their own expenses and supplies.

HPO Phillips represents Champion's Crusaiders in Leechburg. HPO O'Donnell represents Orphans of the Storm in Rayburn Township.

"I saw the need and brought it up to the club," said Lion Terry Miklos. "The club was in full support," added King Lion Brad Ballie.

"Officer Phillips and I are unpaid volunteers and would never have been able to purchase these vests, despite law enforcement officers suggesting the need for them," said HPO O'Donnell.

"We are very grateful," added HPO Phillips.

Also pictured, above, is Minnie, a 9-year-old dog that was rescued through the Humane Program. After surgery for her eye, she will be looking for a good home.

To learn more about the Ford City Lion's club visit the club's Facebook page.

To learn more about Armstrong County's Humane Program visit


Minnie's Story
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