"We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater," tweeted NYPD News, in regards to "Operation War Dogs" December 4, 2019 (Twitter/NYPD News)

The crime-fighting dogs of the NYPD offered a helping paw to their canine counterparts serving overseas this holiday season — collecting doggie supplies and treats for Yuletide care packages.

The NYPD's ESU K9 Unit helped gather about 30 boxes of medical supplies, toys, shampoos, nail clippers and thank-you letters from school children over the past several days as part of "Operation War Dogs." The nearly $6,000 in supplies will be shipped out to Afghanistan over the weekend.

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Right: New York City police officer Syed Ali walks out of a briefing room at police headquarters, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, after speaking to reporters about his battle with homeless men who came at him as he patrolled a Manhattan subway station on Sunday, Dec. 22. Ali has been widely praised for his response, which was caught on a video that has gone viral. (Associated Press/Michael R. Sisak)

NYPD Officer Syed Ali, standing toe-to-toe with five homeless assailants, paused for a second.

"I felt a trickle of sweat go down the back of my neck," the cool-as-a-cucumber cop recalled Thursday. "And then it was straight-up police action."

Ali, a U.S. Army veteran once deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, shrugged off his fearless show of self-defense during a subterranean battle last Sunday inside a Lower East Side subway station.

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The NYPD officer caught on viral video fending off a band of subway vagrants without reaching for his gun has handled himself well under pressure before — he’s a U.S. Army veteran who’s served in Iraq and Afghanistan, police said.

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