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Published:February 2nd, 2014 10:46 EST

Pittsburgh Mourns the Death of Canine Officer Rocco: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes


"`Canine Rocco died at 6:17 p.m. Thursday at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township `after a good fight,"`Zone 2 Cmdr. Eric Holmes said. The 8-year-old German shepherd was stabbed Tuesday night while apprehending a suspect.


Mayor Bill Peduto, who later ordered city building flags to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Rocco, said he met with Officer Lerza, who had been Rocco`s partner since 2010, and his wife Thursday evening."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Canine Officer Rocco died in the line of duty, saving the life of his human partner and other police officers. The canine hero was buried with full police honors.

I know that my pooch Mandy would die protecting me from any human or animal predator. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Lerza, he`s lost a friend, a companion and a colleague.

When your partner is a dog you know that he will never betray you, and that he will always be by your side, come what may.

Rocco`s killer, John Rush, 21, faces felony charges of abusing a police animal, disarming a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, burglary and misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, resisting arrest and possessing instruments of a crime.

The police officers of Pittsburgh salute their fallen comrade, and dog lovers worldwide mourn the loss of this hero.

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