Officers Honor Fallen Police Dog with a Touching Procession
Hundreds of officers pay their respects to Mick, a police K9 and hero who was killed protecting his partner in the line of duty.
Police, fireman and canines gathered to honor Police K9, Mick, with a motorcade procession to the veterinarian’s office.
Mick, a German Shepherd who graduated from his training only a month ago, died saving the life of his police officer partner during a shootout in Portland, Oregon on April 16.
The canine and his partner, Officer Jeff Dorn were shot at by one of three armed robbery suspects trying to rob a police uniform store in Southwest Portland. Dorn was shot in both legs and is on the road to recovery, but told news outlets that it’s thanks to Mick that he is still alive.
Police were unable to locate Mick after the shooting and launched a full search involving officers, Bloodhounds and members of the community. He was found the next day under a hedge in a neighborhood near the crime scene.
"In this situation, the dog was doing its job. It was protecting our community. It's tragic that we lost the dog," says Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. "I'm very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners."
Officer Dorn and K-9 officer Mick
Authorities found the 20-year-old, alleged shooter and with the help of a police helicopter and 911 calls from neighbors.
"For us, this is like losing a police officer," says Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "This is like losing a member of our family because they are out there risking their lives every day too, risking their lives for their handlers."
Condolences can be shared one the Portland police K-9 Unit's Facebook page.
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