Police Dog Killed In Line Of Duty Honored With Ceremony And Medal

DakotaWith 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.”

Source: The Columbian, KATU

5 Responses to “Police Dog Killed In Line Of Duty Honored With Ceremony And Medal”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    And the now murderer of a great dog AND humans is allowed to live, RIDICULOUS.

  2. Lynn says:

    I still say that we were better off in the years when we honored an eye for an eye…….

  3. Sharon says:

    What was a convicted murderer doing on the street with a gun? Our justice system is messed up. We keep non-violent offenders in jail and let child molesters and murderers run free.

  4. catmom5 says:

    God speed, Dakota! You did your job with love and devotion, and we won’t ever forget you.

  5. NH says:

    The convicted murderer should have done us all a favor and put the gun to his own head.

    RIP Dakota.

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