HILLSBORO — It was a perfect morning to honor a four-legged member of the Portland Police Bureau who was killed in the line of duty. German Shepherd “Mick” was shot by a burglary suspect during a shootout with his handler.
Dorn was wounded in both legs in the April shooting. He credited his partner for saving his life. Mick is the first K-9 in the bureau to die in the line of duty since the mid 80′s. He was just two-years-old and one of the newest on the force.
Hundreds took time to pay their respects including the police chief, mayor, officers and K-9 teams from across the country at Hillsboro Stadium.
“When I first brought Mick home, my family’s first impression was that he smelled terrible. This prompted me to engage in the first of many bonding exercises in his first bath. I don’t know who ended up wetter after this, but in any event, he cleaned up nicely,” said Officer Jeff Dorn.
Officer Dorn’s young sons couldn’t hold back tears mourning the dog they came to love as part of their family. They shared a list of what they learned from Mick.
“The most important thing that we have learned is that dad goes to work every night with the best partner ever. We know that Mick loved dad just as much as we do. Mick saved our dad’s life and we will always love him.”
Ofc. Dorn added: “I knew from when I first met Mick he was special. I had no way of knowing just hours later he would have chased his last ball.”
People in the Lobelia neighborhood, where the shootout happened left an encouraging note outside the stadium.
More than 135 businesses raised $25,000 for the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit in the wake of Mick’s passing.