Northport PD mourns loss of K-9 officer

NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) - He was part Lassie, part McGruff and all business. Northport Police's K-9 officer Be-Low died in the line of duty on Saturday while responding with his handler to a call.

"Be-Low was a very aggressive dog, a no-nonsense type dog. When he was unleashed, he pretty much wasted no time in getting the job done," Northport Police Chief Robert Green said.

The Northport Police Department is mourning the loss of their 8-year-old canine cop and are planning to honor him with a funeral at the station.

Officer Darren Miller, Be-Low's handler, lost control of a patrol car while heading to a domestic violence call Oct. 8. The car veered off the road and flipped, throwing Be-Low out of his cage and injuring Miller.

At first, it was believed that Be-Low died at the scene of the wreck. But when he got up after the accident, officers took him to a vet's office. He died approximately 45 minutes later, according to Chief Green.

The police department plans to honor Be-Low's memory as they would any other member of their force--with a funeral.

"We treat our dog, especially our canine officer, just like the regular officers so they are due that respect. We intend to show our respects to our fallen comrade Be-Low," Green said.

Be-Low's funeral will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. behind the Northport Police Department.

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