Lake Charles, LA –
On Tuesday, July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service in honor of CPSO K9 King. It will began at approximately 7:50 a.m. with a procession leaving from Johnson Funeral Home, located at 4321 Lake Street in Lake Charles. The procession will travel north down Lake Street to I-210 eastbound and exit onto Broad Street; it will then proceed east on Broad Street until it reaches the CPSO K9 Facility, located at 5400 E. Broad Street behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Following the procession will be a memorial service beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. for King with full honors, including 21-gun salute and TAPS.
K9 King died in the line of duty Sunday, July 12. The previous day King had completed a short track searching for a domestic violence suspect that fled the scene of a crime, when he suffered from complications due to heat exhaustion. He was a 7 year old Belgian Malinois who worked for CPSO the last 4 years. K9 King was cremated and his ashes will be kept by his handler, Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon and his family.
“Our K9s are like members of our family,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King. When a member of our family dies, we all hurt. I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time.”
Any outside law enforcement agency K9 that is interested in participating or attending the memorial service is asked to contact Sgt. Nathan McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to maintaining social distancing guidelines and limited space at the K9 Facility, the public is asked to find a location along the route to stand if they wish to pay their respects to K9 King.