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K9 Crosses Rainbow Bridge After Hit And Run Accident On The Job

Dogs are not only some of our best friends. 

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They can also be our best work buddies. From herding sheep to fighting crime, the loyal animals has been our constant companion for a very long time.

So, it’s no surprise that we stop to mourn the passing of these dogs, especially ones who died under tragic circumstances like the Greensboro Police Department’s beloved K9 Rambo.

K9 Rambo

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After over four years of serving the police force and helping keep the people of Greensboro, North Carolina safe, Rambo died while on duty after being injured in a hit and run accident.

According to his friends on the force, the police dog was running after a robbery suspect one Friday night at around 8:30 p.m. when the tragic accident happened. He was then immediately rushed to an emergency veterinarian.

Unfortunately, he didn’t make it and was pronounced dead on arrival.

His death was announced by both the City of Greensboro and their police force’s Twitter accounts.

The City of Greensboro bid him farewell with a short message:

“Sad to report that GSO K9 Rambo crossed the rainbow bridge last night doing what he was known to do… protect and serve. Rambo was loyal, fierce, and loving!”

Meanwhile, the Greensboro Police Department announced that Rambo would be commemorated in a memorial attended by both police force and community members. He meant a lot and his service to the community did not go unnoticed.

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Remembering Rambo

Rambo’s memorial was held and was attended by various members of the Greensboro community from residents to city leaders. All of them came together to pay their final respects to the beloved K9 hero.

Also, present was Officer Clint Franklin, who was Rambo’s handler. Speaking at the memorial, Officer Clint expressed his feelings about his partner’s passing.

According to WFMY News 2, Officer Clint had this to say:

“This past week has been one of the hardest weeks of my life and, without a doubt, the worst part of being in the K9 unit.”

Still, he said that it was also due to the K9 unit that he was able to meet his late best friend. Rambo’s years-long career saw him apprehend more than twenty-five suspects and assist his fellow officers during fifty drug busts. He did a lot in his career.

In the crowd that gathered was Officer Clint’s eight-month-old son who was seen holding a stuffed animal that resembled Rambo. It was reportedly given to him just before the ceremony. It was a touching way to remember the K9.

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People unable to attend the memorial also expressed their sadness and gratitude online.

Writing on Twitter, a user named Eric Hansen commended Rambo for making the ultimate sacrifice for which he will always be remembered:

“Fly and run free over the rainbow bridge🐾🌈! May your handler and GPD take comfort in knowing you’ll always be with them!”

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According to the Winston Salem Journal, Rambo is the second police dog in the Greensboro Police Department’s history to die while working. The first happened in 1992.

In the end, Rambo’s sacrifice will be remembered for a long time. To make sure that happens, donors have actually volunteered to fund the building of a permanent memorial dedicated to police dogs.

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