With several recent stories of police officers being cruel to their K-9 dogs or their own pet at home, it is always good to hear stories of police officers honoring their police dog for all of their work and bravery.
Dakota, a K-9 dog for the Vancouver, Washington Police Department, was killed in the line of duty in late October while pursuing a convicted murderer. Officer Roger Evans, Dakota’s handler, and Dakota were closing in on the suspect. Dakota was able to grab the man, but unfortunately the suspect had a gun and shot Dakota in the head, killing him instantly.
The man was taken into custody. Officers said that Dakota’s heroic act saved the lives of many people that day.
On Monday, a ceremony to honor Dakota was held, and over 75 officers from both the United States and Canada came to pay their respects to this brave police dog.
Dakota will also receive a medal of valor and his name will be inscribed on a K-9 memorial. Also, an off-leash area of a park will be named in Dakota’s honor.
At the ceremony, Evans said, “Dakota, thank you for being a great partner, a friend, companion, police dog. Thank you for protecting my fellow officers and me. Thank you for being a warrior and thank you for dying a hero. Dakota, you were a good boy.”