Richmond Police honor fallen K-9s

Posted at 8:31 AM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 15:16:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The death of a Richmond police dog inspired local dog handlers to create a memorial to honor K-9s that served Central Virginia. When a memorial company heard about the death of Koda in July in 2012, it contacted police wanting  to put together a memorial stone dedicated to local police dogs.

Richmond Police were contacted by David Booth who arranged for his company, Booth Memorial, to create a memorial stone complete with the names of all the deceased K9s

K-9 Sgt. Michael Bohannon said the donation is an incredible gift and memorial to the important role of dogs in police work.

"We go out as humans and work for a paycheck as our reward each week," he said. "The dogs, they go out and serve and sometimes give their lives for nothing more than the handler to play with them at the end of the day, give them a toy, and that's all they ask for."

The 270-pound stone was installed Wednesday morning at the Department’s K-9 facility, 814 Forest Lawn Drive.