"I felt really happy for myself because I didn't think I was actually going to raise enough of that money," Richie told WXIN-TV.
Officer Jeffery Dawe, one of the department’s K-9 handlers, said it is unusual to find child so eager to help a public service agency.
“It’s almost hard to express the words,” Dawe said.
Not only did Richie earn his black belt, but he is also continuing to raise money for the police department, which plans to add a fourth K-9 next month. The fourth-grader plans to use the money he raises to buy a vest for that dog, as well.
"I can't leave that one out, so I am working to raise funds to get the new officer a vest as well," Richie wrote on his new GoFundMe page, which had already raised $750 in just 16 hours.