Braintree children raise thousands for statue honoring K9 Kitt

BRAINTREE, Mass. — Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros and the police department got quite a pitch from a group of young residents.

The children put a PowerPoint presentation together to build a memorial statue for Braintree Police K9 Kitt, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

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The group came to Braintree Town Hall with an idea. Kokoros was the first to get the pitch from the children.

“I was so impressed,” Kokoros said.

The kids then went to the Braintree Police Department where they sat down with the police chief and Deputy Chief Timothy Cohoon.

“What they are doing is remarkable,” Cohoon said.

The Braintee kids wanted to do something for K9 Kitt after he was killed in the line of duty in a shootout on June 4.

“We just thought it would be nice to honor a hero that saved our police officers,” one of the children said.

Their idea turned into a PowerPoint presentation.

“They all took turns doing the presentation. They had it almost like a business model and a business plan,” Cohoon said.

“We raised $14,000,” one of the girls said.

“Almost a place where people can come and honor and remember what he did for the town of Braintree and how he sacrificed his life for his handler,” another girl said.

“I never knew a group of kids like us could do something like this,” one of the boys said.

The town and K9 Kitt’s handler are sold.

“Officer Cushing is obviously blown away by it,” Cohoon said.

“Just such a wonderful way to honor Kitt and they came up with this idea as a group,” Kokoros said.

The statue would be life sized and made of bronze.

“Almost a place where people can come and honor and remember what he did for the town of Braintree and how he sacrificed his life for his handler,” said one girl.

The police chief is putting a committee together that will include the kids and they will figure out exactly where the statue will go and how it will look.