Last week, Connecticut’s law enforcement family lost a true hero.
According to published reports, Thor, a Wethersfield Police K-9, died in the line of duty. He was just three years old.
The incident ultimately that claimed his life began with an alleged kidnapping in Hartford last Monday. The suspect in the case reportedly took the victim to a Wethersfield motel. The suspect fled into a wooded area nearby, and that’s when Thor gave chase. As he did, he disappeared from view.
“Officers found someone matching the suspect’s condition in Rocky Hill and a state trooper found Thor on the ground with internal bleeding,” a Connecticut TV station reported.
No one knows exactly how Thor got hurt. Police did say Thor was taken to an animal hospital, where he died last Tuesday from complications after receiving a blood transfusion.
The sergeant in charge of the Wethersfield Police Department’s K-9 unit said the agency plans on honoring the fallen police dog. Details have not yet been publicized, however condolences may be sent to:
Chief of Police James Cetran
Wethersfield Police Department
250 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Sadly, Thor is not the only K-9 killed in the line of duty last week. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is also mourning the loss of K-9 Forest.
Information on the portion of the Officer Down Memorial Page website specifically dedicated to fallen police dogs indicates that K-9 Forest was shot and killed “while attempting an apprehension of a vagrant fugitive near Vann Park in Deltona, Florida.”
In that case, officers also sent the two-year-old German Shepherd into a wooded area. That’s when the fugitive “opened fire on Forest and deputies as Forest attempted an apprehension.” Forest was taken to a nearby animal hospital, where he eventually succumbed to his injury.
Condolences may be sent to:
Sheriff Ben Johnson
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
123 W. Indiana Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720
Thor and Forest died roughly one week after K-9 Jardo of the Boise City (Idaho) Police Department also succumbed to injuries sustained in the line of duty.
He was reportedly shot while “attempting an apprehension on a suspect wanted for shooting two citizens and carjacking an elderly woman.”
The suspect opened fire when Jardo, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois, found him, striking Jardo, and two officers who were assisting his handler.
Jardo was reportedly transported to an emergency veterinary hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was released several days later, but developed complications. He was taken back to the vet where he died while undergoing additional surgery.
Condolences may be sent to:
Police Chief Bill Jones
Boise Police Department
333 N Mark Stall Place
Boise, ID 83704