Hero Down: Davis County Sheriff's Office K9 Chopper Killed By Vehicle

Davis County Sheriff's Office K9 Chopper died in the line of duty on Nov. 20.

Farmington, UT – Davis County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) K9 Chopper died in the line of duty on Nov. 20, when he was struck by a motor vehicle.

The fatal collision occurred near the DCSO’s Farmington office on State Street at approximately 7:15 p.m., the agency said in a Facebook post the following day.

The six-and-one-half-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix “managed to get out of the truck kennel and ran north…directly into live traffic,” the sheriff’s office said.

K9 Chopper was struck by a vehicle, and died instantly.

He served DCSO as an apprehension, drug detection, and tracking K9 for over five years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

"We are devastated by the tragic loss of Chopper," Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks said in a news release, according to KSTU. "Our K-9s are family and they work side-by-side with our deputies, day in and day out, to fulfill our mission and duty to serve the public. His death impacts all of us."

The DCSO held a line-of-duty memorial service for K9 Chopper on Tuesday.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out to us about K9 Chopper, shared their time and talent in his honor, and to those who took the time to attend his line-of-duty memorial service,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post the following day. “The love, kindness and support shown to us by our partners and the public means the world to us. RIP Chopper.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in the loss of K9 Chopper.

Comments (10)
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DSmith2018
DSmith2018

I never realized how many k9s die on duty. Just horrible. Why can’t dogs just be loved and cared for instead of doing mankind’s jobs

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

RIH Chopper. You were an exceptional K9 who will never be forgotten. My condolences to your handler 🙏💙🇺🇲🐾

Karma59
Karma59

The dogs are so intensely loyal, determined to do the jobs they were trained for even when injured and most importantly, they save lives! RIP Chopper!

DNW
DNW

Lookit' that smile! Sorry it ended this way, boy. Sounds like something my dog would do - I cringe at the thought of him in traffic. Rest, friend.

Blueblood16
Blueblood16

My heart goes out to Chopper and his family. You served proudly now its time to watch from above. RIP

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe they can charge the driver with reckless driving and extreme speeding.

We9erfam
We9erfam

RIP CHOPPER YOU DID WELL GO TO K9 HEAVEN