Sadly, the Orange Police Department in Orange, Connecticut recently suffered a tragic loss when their police K-9, “Major,” was struck and killed by a commercial truck. The German Shepherd Dog had been on the scene of a disabled vehicle with his partner, Officer Chris Brown.
Major had only been with the department a short time after graduating from the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class, but he had already assisted on several cases.
On August 8th, the Orange Police Department held a memorial ceremony for Major that was attended by law enforcement, town officials and selected representatives. The ceremony included the burial of his ashes, a benediction, and remarks by Officer Brown and the Orange Police Chief. The United States flag was presented to Officer Brown by the Chief, and Chris Sweetwood, the AKC Delegate from Trap Falls Kennel Club, also presented him with a plaque memorializing Major for display at the department.
The Connecticut State Police K-9 Unit as well as several local police K-9 units from Ansonia, Westport, Woodbridge, Newtown, West Haven and New Haven (including St. Michael, the Newtown Police K-9 purchased by the AKC family), were in attendance to pay their respects.
Our condolences go out to the Orange Police Department and Officer Brown.