Miami Gardens K9 Dies in Line of Duty

imageMiami Gardens Police K9 Max lost his life following an accident while searching a building on September 12.  K9 Ofc. Chris Bezio was deploying Max through a window on a burglary call when broken glass fell on the dog.  K9 Max was rushed to the Hollywood Animal Hospital, but he died from complications of his injury.

K9 Max was a five year old German Shepherd Dog and had been partnered with Bezio for four years.  Max was a dual purpose K9, trained for patrol and as an explosives detector dog.  A funeral was held yesterday for the fallen dog.  Over a hundred officers and K9 teams were in attendance.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), a total of 15 police service dogs have died in the line of duty in the U.S. thus far in 2013.

Police K9’s perform a unique function that saves lives.  This is a very sad incident.  Handlers and K9’s face danger every shift.  I am honored to have worked with them.


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