PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Portland Police Bureau is mourning the loss of one of its K-9 officers, while his former partner is thanking him.
“Mick saved my life,” said officer Jeff Dorn, who was shot in both legs, following a shootout early Wednesday morning with a 20-year-old suspect.
‘Mick,’ a German Shepherd assigned Dorn, was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a gunfight that followed the attempted robbery.
Dorn, a 16-year PPB veteran, had only been partnered with the dog a short while. Mick was relatively new to the force, Chief Mike Reese said Wednesday.
According to the PPB’s Facebook page, Mick only passed his certification March 21, after completing an extensive training program.
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The Dorn family is thanking the community for its support as Dorn continues to recover in hospital – Mayor Charlie Hales even paid him a visit.
“We are saddened by the death of Mick, but heartened that Officer Jeff Dorn is doing okay and is in good spirits,” Hales said.
“We’ve had two officers shot in the past month protecting our community. Today’s incident is a reminder of how dangerous policing can be,” said Chief Michael Reese. “I’m very grateful that Officer Dorn will recover from his injuries and saddened that we lost one of our K-9 partners.”
Dorn consented to the release of his name prior to the standard 24-hour waiting period.
Non-tax-deductible donations can be sent directly to the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit:
Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit
4735 East Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97215
The Portland Pit Bull Project plans to honor K-9 Mick during their monthly Bully Walk on Saturday. Each dog in the walk, which will go by the Portland Police Bureau on 2nd Avenue, will wear blue and black ribbons.
It has not been determined yet if there will be any public service to honor Mick after he was killed in the line of duty.