Police K-9 named by third-grader

The most recent four-legged addition to the Amarillo Police Department was given a new name Tuesday by a third-grader at Lawndale Elementary School.

Hero is the newest K-9 to join the police, and eight-year-old Divine Padilla gave him his name with good reason.

"He helps the policemen to find drugs," she said.

Padilla won the Name The Dog contest hosted by the police department. Third-graders wrote down the name they felt best suited the dog, and Hero was the name chosen as the winner.

Cpl. Bob West of APD said it is good for the kids to see the dog that helps with narcotics.

"They thought it would be good for the community to see the dog that's going to be on patrol in the city that they're involved in."

The students in Padilla's class were offered pizza and cookies after Padilla received a plaque and announced the German Shepard's new name. Lindsey Hunt of NextEra Energy was there to speak on behalf of his company, who paid $12,000 for the police department's new pooch.

"The fire department, police department- they save lives. That's the bottom line," he said. "They impact the community so much. We support that. We support education, as well."

NextEra Energy also donated $4,000 to the fire department for smoke detectors.