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CPSO K9 dies in line of duty, memorial service to be held Tuesday

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Posted at 8:02 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 21:02:03-04

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will hold a memorial service in honor of K9 King, who died in the line of duty on Sunday, July 12.

The service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, and will begin with a procession through Lake Charles and down I-210. A memorial service will begin at 8 a.m. for King with full honors, including a 21-gun salute and TAPS.

King died on July 12. The previous day, King had completed a short track searching for a domestic violence suspect that fled the scene of a crime. He suffered complications due to heat exhaustion. King was a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois who worked for CPSO for the last four years. He was cremated and his ashes will be kept by his handler, Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon, and his family.

"Our K9s are like members of our family," stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King. When a member of our family dies, we all hurt. I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time."

Any outside law enforcement agency K9 officer interested in participating or attending the memorial service is asked to contact CPSO Sgt. Nathan McKee at nmckee@cpso.com.

Due to maintaining social distancing guidelines and limited space at the K9 Facility, the public is asked to find a location along the route to stand if they wish to pay their respects to K9 King.

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