Anderson Cooper Does The Best Thing To Honor Fallen Police Dog

"It is with heavy hearts we announce the loss of a loyal and dedicated member of the Norfolk Police Department," the department posted to its Facebook page on January 11.

A police dog, K9 Krijger, died after he was sent to assess a situation in which a man had barricaded himself in his house with a gun. The man shot and killed Krijger when the dog came close.

"He served NPD for three years and faithfully gave his life to protect ours," the Norfolk Police Department wrote. "Rest in peace, Krijger. Your work is done, but never forgotten."

But someone was paying attention - and he had the means to be a tremendous help to the police dogs still serving in the line of fire.

Anderson Cooper heard of Krijger's plight and decided to donate enough money to get a military-style vest for every K9 at the Norfolk Police Department.

There was an outpouring of support for the idea on the internet. "Absolutely amazing!" one Facebook commenter wrote. "This is truly a giving man! Thank you Anderson Cooper! Our K-9 officers deserve the same respect as our human officers!"

And police all over were so warmed by the gesture, they didn't know what to say. "We are at a loss for words," the nearby Hampton Police wrote.

The man who shot Krijger was shot by police and taken into custody. He later died of his wounds.