K-9 honored after loosing his life on duty
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An emotional memorial service was held to honor a K-9 police dog who lost his life in the line of duty after responding to a burglary call that took a tragic turn.
"May you be encouraged that this too will pass. It might not be easy, but better but days are ahead and the sun will shine again," said Officer Chris Bezio.
Words of comfort, as a South Florida community mourns the loss of one of its fiercest protectors. Max was a proud and distinguished member of the Miami Gardens Police Department.
On Sept. 12, Max was called to a burglary in progress where a piece of falling glass severely cut his ear. Tragically, Max never woke up after surgery.
His handler, Officer Bezio wiped his tears throughout the funeral service, Wednesday morning, where dozens of fellow K-9 officers attended to pay their respects.
"To K-9 Max, Officer Bezio was his lord and master. When Officer Bezio said, 'Get to work,' Max went all out. Never questioned. Never hesitated. Never faltered. He was all out, 100 percent," said a K-9 officer.
Officer Bezio shared an emotional poem to describe his partner and best friend. "Trust in me, my friend. For I am your comrade. I will protect you with my last breath. When all others have left you, and the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side," read Bezio. "Max, you're in a better place now. You were called to heaven because they needed your services there. Do me proud and serve the Lord with honor till I join you once again. Wait on me, my friend, as we will patrol together again one day."
Officer Bezio was always the one by Max's side and said he was honored to watch his partner work. "I got to tag along because I was his handler, and somebody had to drive him. Thanks, buddy," said Bezio.
Max was 5 years old. Officer Bezio was his handler since he was a puppy.
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