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Police canine struck and killed by truck

Rest in peace Major
Via Town of Orange PD FB Page

On Saturday, the Town of Orange Police Department in Connecticut issued a release regarding the sudden, tragic death of one of their police canines.

On Saturday morning, along Route 34 near Sodom Lane, the police canine, a German shepherd named "Major," was with his handler, Officer Chris Brown, assisting the driver of a disabled car when a commercial truck struck the dog; Major was killed instantly. Officer Brown was not injured.

The department shared the following information about the police canine who was killed:

Just short of 2 years old, Major, was a graduate of the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class in June 2014. During his brief career he assisted in several tracks. K-9 Major was an integral part of the Patrol Division and the Orange Police family.

The tragic incident has impacted the entire department. The Police Department shared the following words with their Facebook followers on Saturday:

"Our entire Department is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic accident. Officer Brown and K-9 Major made a great team and we are all concentrating on giving Chris our full support at this difficult time."

The incident is currently under investigation, but no charges are expected to be filed. The driver of the commercial truck immediately stopped after striking Major.

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