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Hero K-9 killed in line of duty laid to rest with 21-bark salute

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Nicky’s fellow K9s say Goodbye!In a touching tribute to their fallen comrade, LVMPD K9s bark their goodbyes at the conclusion of the funeral service for K9 Nicky who died in action on 3-31-16 while helping apprehend a double-murderer.

Posted by LVMPD on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Las Vegas Metro Police K-9 has been laid to rest, sent off with adoration by his fellow officers, K-9s and civilians.

8-year-old Nicky was a Netherlands-born Belgian Malinois who immigrated to the United States when he was three, transferring to the LVMPD when he was about three years old, according to Fox5Vegas.

Responsible for 99 apprehensions, Nicky was the considered the best K-9 officer on the force.

“Nicky has worked and led two supervisors in our unit, so I guess you can say he really was the boss dog of our unit,” Metro’s Officer DuWayne Layton said at the funeral.

Nicky was injured in the line of duty in February after he was attacked by a man with a machete. Protecting the life of the officer and saving the life of the suspect, Nicky sustained serious injuries to his head. Despite this, he recovered quickly and demanded to return to the streets.

“Even bandaged up with a face full of staples, it was hard to hold Nicky back. He wanted to go to work,” Layton said.

Unfortunately, Nicky was unintentionally killed during a police firefight with shooting suspect James Simpson, who was left paralyzed by the incident.

Nicky was buried along 92 other police K-9s at Craig Road Pet Cemetery, sent off by his fellow K-9s with a 21-bark salute.

Although the funeral was closed to the public, citizens brought Nicky flowers, dropping them off at the cemetery.

“I love him with my heart, and I love the police dogs,” visitor Claudine Eubak said.

Nicky’s handler says that he and his family will never forget Nicky and how he impacted their lives.

“I’m grateful for those memories. My family is grateful for the courage of that dog,” Kerns said.

 

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