Orange Police mourn rookie K-9

Orange Police K9 officer Major. (Photo: Orange Police Dept.)

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — As police mourn the loss of Major, the police dog hit by a truck Saturday morning, they said the driver of the truck will not be charged.

“Major was a living, breathing member of our department and he lost his life,” said Chief Robert Gagne.

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Fresh out of training, K-9 Officer Major had just joined the police department in June. Now, less than two months into the job, a tragic accident has ended his career and his life.

“These aren’t robots. They are dogs and when someone stimulates that instinct as what happened here, that is what happened,” Gagne said. While on a routine stop, police said Officer Christopher Brown, his handler, left the window down for Major, as is protocol. But he never expected what was to come.

“There was a residence across the street and there were some farm animals across the fence: sheep, goats, those kinds of animals and the dogs ears perked up as he ran toward the sound of those animals,” Gagne said.

Being in any street is dangerous. Things can happen on the road in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s a busy street or a street that doenst have many vehicles. But officers say it was one vehicle that took the life of Major. “He did stop when Officer Brown called him back and unfortunately he was already in the road at that point,” Gagne said.

Major was hit by a truck. It happened at 6 a.m. Saturday, a usually slow time of day on that road. The driver who killed him isn’t being charged. The Orange Police Department says they will cremate Major’s remains and then decide on what kind of ceremony to have for him. A brave and dedicated rookie officer, Major will be missed.

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