HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Portland Police Bureau said goodbye to a police K-9 killed in the line of duty at a public memorial on Monday.
Mick was killed during a police shootout with a burglary suspect on April 16 in S.W. Portland. His partner, officer Jeff Dorn, was shot and wounded.
Hundreds of people, including officers and K-9s from as far away as Canada, attended the memorial at Hillsboro Stadium on Monday morning.
"I knew from the first time I met Mick that there was something very special about him," Dorn said.
Mayor Charlie Hales and Police Chief Mike Reese were also among the speakers at the memorial.
"Mick undoubtedly saved Officer Dorn's life, and I am so grateful Jeff is here today," Reese said.
Community members have donated nearly $25,000 to the police K-9 unit since the shooting, Reese said.
"The Portland Police Bureau has been overwhelmed with support since the shooting last month," he said. "On behalf of Officer Dorn and the entire K-9 unit, I say thank you."
Dorn's two sons read an emotional speech and shared their memories of Mick, thanking him for saving their father's life. Mick lived with the Dorn family.
Dorn said the tasks K-9s perform every day can sometimes seem routine, but "individually, they are amazing."
"Mick lived and died not only as a true puppy, but as a hero in my heart," said Dorn.
Portland Police Bureau donation drive
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