1st Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service Washington, DC
On May 11, 2018, the National Police Dog Foundation, FOP DC Lodge #1, LA Rescued, and United for Blue co-hosted the 1st Annual Police K-9 Memorial Service. The service was held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, and was an official part of the events of Police Week 2018.
The memorial service included a wreath-laying ceremony that honored the memory of all 24 fallen police K-9 heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty in 2017. Ron Dalzell DVM, a co-founder of the National Police Dog Foundation, read out the names of each fallen K-9 as a bell was tolled and a red rose was laid on the memorial seal.
Following the memorial service, the National Police Dog Foundation hosted a reception at the nearby DC FOP Lodge #1, 711 4th Street. NW, Washington DC.
In conjunction with the Memorial Service, the National Police Dog Foundation launched the K-9 Memorial Fund. The fund assists Law Enforcement Agencies in purchasing and training replacement K-9s for those who have fallen in the line of duty. Please help us establish this worthwhile K-9 Memorial Fund by donating directly to the fund.
The National Police Dog Foundation would once again like to thank every person and department that made this memorial service so successful. We would especially like to thank our co-hosts FOP DC Lodge #1, LA Rescued, and United for Blue. The Foundation would also like to give a special thanks to DFC Alex Kowalski from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
These K-9 heroes need your help. To donate, please go to www.nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/donate/k-9-memorial-fund.
The National Police Dog Foundation is extremely grateful to FOP DC Lodge #1, LA Rescued, and United for Blue for helping to co-host this extremely successful event. We look forward to working together for many years to come.
Please see below one of many video links of the Memorial Service. Turn up your sound volume.
Police Dog Group Lays Wreath for K-9 Officers We're at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. as the National Police Dog Foundation holds its inaugural Police K-9 Memorial Service wreath-laying ceremony. http://abcn.ws/2AMTzXJ Posted by ABC News on Friday, May 11, 2018
A statue of a Lion stands guard over the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Craig Floyd, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, talks with Jim Reilly, President of the National Police Dog Foundation, and board member Judi Reilly.
Westerville Honor Guard was in attendance.
Founding Member Dr. Ron Dalzell reads the names of the 24 fallen K-9 Officers.
The attendance of the memorial service exceeded expectations.
A rose was laid for each fallen K-9 Officer.