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Braintree K-9 Kitt honored at ceremony for fallen police dogs in Washington, DC

Officers honor K9s who died in the line of duty in ceremony in Washington DC
Officers honor K9s who died in the line of duty in ceremony in Washington DC 03:02

WASHINGTON - Officers from across the nation came to honor 75 fallen police K9s in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

They gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to remember police dogs who paid the ultimate price while protecting their communities. Braintree Police Officer Bill Cushing lost <a href="https://boston.cbslocal.com/tag/k-9-kitt/">K9 Kitt</a> after 11 years together.

"He was my canine partner, did everything together," Cushing said.

It was 2021 when Cushing, another officer and Kitt were ambushed and shot at the scene of a domestic dispute. The officers survived; Kitt did not.

"Without Kitt that day, for sure, you would have a couple dead cops that day; the outcome would have been a lot different," Cushing said.

Officers at the ceremony said there's a special bond between handler and K9 that runs deep.

K9 handlers at the ceremony had many different stories to tell, but they had the same message: K9s play an invaluable role in keeping people safe. 

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