Hero Down: Boston Police K9 Rush Dies From Chemical Exposure

Boston Police Department K9 Rush ingested or inhaled chemicals during a building search on Sep. 23.

Boston, MA – Boston Police Department K9 Rush died in the line of duty on Oct. 1, after he was exposed to chemicals during a building search on Sep. 23.

K9 Rush, a four-year-old German Shepherd, and his human partner responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the old Radius Specialty Hospital in Roxbury, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

As the duo was clearing the building, K9 Rush inadvertently inhaled or ingested toxic chemicals that were found inside, WFXT reported.

Hours later, he began exhibiting medical problems from the exposure, including an ulceration in his mouth and respiratory distress, and was taken to a veterinary hospital.

As his condition worsened, K9 Rush refused to eat and developed aspiration pneumonia.

After eight days of hospitalization, it was determined that K9 Rush could not recover, and his partner made the difficult decision to have him humanely euthanized.

K9 Rush served the Boston Police Department as a narcotics detection and patrol officer for three years and six months, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

He and his partner generally worked the midnight shift, and also worked security details at community gatherings, including the Boston Marathon and Fenway Park events, WFXT reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boston Police Department in the loss of K9 Rush.

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Condolences to the K9 officer on the loss of his partner K9 Rush. It is never easy to make that decision. But he is now on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, breathing freely and out of pain, waiting for you to join him someday.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Just so sad! Thank you K9 Rush for you're service Amy you RIP.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

That building should have been torn down years ago. It's been recognized as a hazard for quite a while. Now it's claimed a K9 victim :( RIP Rush

Ilovemykids
Ilovemykids

R.I.P K9 Rush. I am so sorry for your loss to Officer Rushes handler.

Kandi
Kandi

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