POLK COUNTY, Fla. — An organization called K9s For Cops Polk County has raised nearly a quarter million dollars to help the Sheriff's Office purchase K9s. 

Michelle Robare started the organization eight years ago as a way of helping law enforcement and to honor deputy Matt Williams and his K9 partner Diogi, who were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

On Saturday evening, the 13th anniversary of the killings, K9s for Cops held its annual fundraising dinner at the Lone Palm Golf Club.

Several K9 deputies and their K9s were on hand for the event. 

"It's amazing to see the people who have wanted to come and support this, wanting to support these guys in honor of Matt and Diogi," said Robare.

K9 Sgt. Steve Hearth really appreciates Robare's work with K9s For Cops. "It's refreshing to know that when we are doing our jobs, when we are out in the woods looking for bad guys that there is somebody available who takes notice of everything we do and wants to help out," he said.