Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Police Department (GPD) K9 Rambo died in the line of duty on Aug. 16, after he was struck by a vehicle while pursuing a robbery suspect.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m., as K9 Rambo was tracking a suspect through congested traffic, the News & Record reported.
The vehicle that struck him was not involved in the robbery.
“Rambo was doing what he did best,” Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott said.
The four-and-one-half-year-old Belgian Malinois was immediately rushed to an emergency veterinarian, where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to WFMY.
The robbery suspect remains on the loose, the News & Record reported.
“GPD lost a member of the family last night, Police K-9 Rambo,” the department said in a Facebook post the following day. “Rambo was a valuable member of the GPD team and will be missed.”
K9 Rambo had been with the department for over four years, GPD Public Information Officer Ron Glenn told WFMY.
“He apprehended more than 25 fleeing suspects, assisted in over 50 drug busts and valiantly served the City of Greensboro in many other missions,” the GPD said in a Facebook post on Aug. 23.
“Most human police officers can’t come close to those numbers in three years,” Chief Scott told the News & Record.
K9 Rambo’s partner, Greensboro Police Officer Clint Franklin, said that the days following his four-legged partner’s death have been some of the most difficult of his life.
Officer Franklin said he is thankful for the bond they shared during their service to the K9 unit.
"If it wasn't for this unit, I wouldn't have been able to meet Rambo — my partner and best friend,” he said, according to the News & Record. "Rambo was a great dog…He was the reason…we were so successful."
The GPD held a public memorial service for the fallen K9 on Aug. 23.
“Today we honored our fallen Police K-9 Rambo,” the agency said in a Facebook post. “Rambo was an amazing Police K-9 who will be missed greatly.”
The City of Greensboro tweeted that K9 Rambo “was loyal, fierce, and loving.”
“K9 Rambo crossed the rainbow bridge last night doing what he was known to do…protect and serve,” the tweet read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Greensboro Police Department and Officer Franklin in the loss of K9 Rambo.