Recovering addict gives back to local sheriff’s department


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Scott County Sheriff’s Department received a gift from someone they likely never thought they would.

Spring Barrick says she was addicted to drugs for 15 years.

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She was living in Georgetown and says she caused chaos for officers.

“I gave them a lot of trouble. They all know me,” said Spring Barrick.

Barrick says she’s been clean for four years.

She was looking for something meaningful to do with her life. She found a nine year old from Cleveland hosting a Facebook fundraiser for k-9 ballistic vests.

The fundraiser inspired her and she created a similar one. Her funds will help Scott County Sheriff’s k-9, Niko.

“My heart is smiling right now and Niko is a beautiful dog,” said Barrick.

Niko has been with the department for a little over a year. He has a bulletproof vest, but it’s old.

Typically, the vest costs over a thousand dollars.

Within days, Barrick raised the money.

“It’ll protect him, protect me, and make me feel better about sending him into situations,” said Sgt. Joshua Bedson, Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

Barrick delivered a check on Thursday to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Bedson says Niko will wear the bulletproof everyday once he receives it.