K-9 Dies While On Duty

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The Orange Police Department regrets to report that one of its own died in the line of duty.

The Police K-9’s name was Major, and he was aiding his handler, Officer Chris brown, at the scene of a disabled vehicle when he was struck and killed by a commercial truck.

The accident occurred on Route 34, near Sodom Lane.

The driver of the truck pulled over immediately, and no charges are expected to be filed.

Major was nearly 2-years-old and had recently graduated from the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class. He was part of numerous tracks in his shot career, and Chief Robert Gange said of the incident, “Our entire department is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic accident. Officer Brown and K-9 Major made a great team and we are all concentrating on giving Chris our full support at this difficult time.”

Brown was uninjured.

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  • Val Queiroga

    Freaking GORGEOUS dog! I saw him once in person, very very handsome! Very sad! I am not a dog handler but I am very close to the two officers in my department that are and I see how quickly their K-9 Partners become their best friends and at times the only thing between the officer and a very very dangerous situation. Police Dogs put their lives on the line for their handler without a second guess or even a flinch. Our K-9 counterparts have saved the lives of MANY MANY officers nationwide as well as civilians. These animals are the perfect definition of what ANY officer should be and display ALL the characteristics that each and every officer should strive to possessed him/herself. It is crazy to think that as officers we should model ourselves after these amazing animals. The sympathies of the North Haven Police Union go out to Major and Officer Brown, our hearts are with you!

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