PORTLAND — Mick the German Shepherd police dog who died in the line of duty Wednesday is the first K-9 to die as part of the Portland Police Bureau since 1987. Friday, lead trainer Shawn Gore briefed reporters on K-9 training and the impact of the shooting of officer Jeff Dorn and his partner.
Officer Gore choked up when tried to share his pride in Officers Dorn and Sweeny and of course Mick, who was on the street for only one month
Gore said, “Even the guy on the off ramp holding up a sign thanked me”. He commented that the community has been very supportive and generous. He explained the reasons the dogs don’t wear protective vests on the job is that the vests are heavy and slow them down.
“I would have hated to see what would have happened if Mick had one on the other day,” Gore added.
Office Jeff Dorn was wounded when a suspect opened fire on him after he and two other burglarized a police supply store on Southwest Barber Boulevard. Mick was fatally wounded by at least one bullet. His body was found under a hedge several hours after the early morning shooting and manhunt.
The police bureau says Officer Dorn will be deciding how Mick should be honored for giving his life to save him. Gore passed along that Dorn is doing well and wanted everyone to know that.
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