K9 Kitt was a heroic 11-year-old Belgian sheepdog that was shot and killed while coming to the help of two cops who were under attack on June 4th. He was given full police honors at a memorial service at Gillette Stadium just like the true hero he was.
Kitt diverted the gunman’s attention faraway from the officers and ultimately ended up saving their lives.
Tragically, however, Kitt lost his life within the process.
K9 Kitt travels from Slovakia to the us to become a working dog .
Patrol Officer William Cushing Jr. is one among the officers Kitt saved thereon day. Cushing had been Kitt’s handler for 11 years before the shooting. Kitt was born in Slovakia in 2009 and was delivered to the us specifically to be trained as a working dog .
This wasn’t the primary time Kitt had acted bravely during an armed conflict either. He was awarded a Police Medal of Valor in 2016 also for shielding several officers during a shooting.
Fitting tribute for K9 Kitt today, a true hero! pic.twitter.com/uMqhSqLCxX
— Brian Clark (@ChiefClark81) June 22, 2021
K9 Kitt honored with memorial service at Gillette Stadium.
A memorial service with full police honors was organized for Kitt. many officers showed up to pay their respects during the service, which was limited to only police and other public safety officers.
“Kitt knew one thing and one thing only on June 4, 2021: there was a threat on the loose. A threat to his handler and therefore the people of Braintree. At the command and with the backing of his handler and his guardian, Kitt answered the decision to hunt out and find, even neutralize that threat. It cost him his life,” said Father Paul Clifford at the service.
Kitt’s death has led Police to involve the passage of a bill that might allow emergency personnel to both treat and convey injured police dogs to an animal hospital.
Accompanied by many officers, including handlers & K9, Officer Hogan & #K9Eiko paid their respects at the memorial service for slain Braintree Police K9 Kitt, held at Gillette Stadium.
R.I.P. K9 Officer Kitt
End of Watch: June 4, 2021 pic.twitter.com/wnCgpysq8x
— Arlington MA, Police Department (@ArlingtonMAPD) June 22, 2021
Currently, emergency response personnel are prohibited from treating animals or taking them to an animal hospital. This meant that responders to the shooting that killed Kitt were unable to treat him or maybe take him to an animal hospital.
In the wake of Kitt’s death, Police are calling for the passage of “Nero’s Law.” The bill would reverse the present law that prohibits emergency personnel from assisting working dogs like Kitt. The bill was named after a working dog in Yarmouth who was killed during an armed conflict in 2018.
Yesterday, @BraintreePolice Officer Cushing, along with day shift officers and members of @BraintreeMAFD and @BrewsterEMS, surprised Amy and Finola who had set up a lemonade stand on Middle St to raise money in memory of K9 Kitt.
(🎥/📷 Braintree Police) pic.twitter.com/Vx1PE2lkiL
— Kevin Wiles, Jr (@kwilesjrphoto) June 28, 2021
Rep. Steven Xiarhos was the Yarmouth captain at the time of Nero’s death and spoke about the importance of Nero’s Law with Officer.com.
“The Nero bill is critically important and really personal to me,” Xiarhos said in an email. “I personally attended the funeral of K-9 Kitt and saw the pain within the eyes of the cops that he saved that horrible day back on June 4.” “These animals need to be treated when injured and that we must make this a reality,” Xiarhos continued.
Buster + many spectators paid their final respects to @BraintreePolice K9 Kitt along the procession route this morning. Our thoughts remain with the BPD as they mourn the loss of their heroic partner, who lost his life in the line of duty earlier this month. Rest In Peace, Kitt. pic.twitter.com/NCpRBqJLZO
— City of Boston Credit Union (@CityofBostonCU) June 22, 2021
K9 Kitt being remembered as a hero.
Many people are touched by Kitt’s death and his heroic actions while alive. they need left comments on YouTube videos featuring his story.
“Run free, Kitt! many thanks for your service!” wrote one commentator.
“RIP Kitt. You were an honest boy,” wrote another.
“Thank you HERO,” another viewer wrote.