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Police K-9 Safety Awareness


February 11-18

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Thor, Wethersfield Police K-9 Officer, was killed on November 22, 2016 in the line of duty. The K-9 Officer died after suffering severe injuries while tracking an alleged kidnapping suspect. After hours of searching, Thor was found by the Connecticut State Police and was rushed to the animal hospital. He was diagnosed with internal bleeding and received a blood transfusion. When Thor saw his handler, Officer Nuno Martins, he got up to see him and collapsed and died instantly from a blood clot caused by his injuries. In memory of this horrific tragedy, we are hoping to prevent any future tragedies with active Connecticut police K-9s.

In the wake of the Wethersfield Police Department K-9 Officer Thorís tragic death, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. established Police K-9 Safety Awareness Week in his memory. His death brings to light the issue of police K-9s being lost, injured or stolen in the line of duty, and especially, during suspect apprehension. Keeping Police K-9 officers safe and accounted for is a top priority for police departments across Connecticut.

In honor of Police K-9 Safety Awareness Week, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is raising money to outfit active police K-9s in select Connecticut towns with protective and training equipment (GPS collars, bullet proof vests, bite sleeves, etc.), training seminars, and grants for municipalities in need of K-9s.

Get involved February 11-18 and help save lives! Whether youíre an individual, business, school or organization, you can help us make a difference!

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