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Hero Down: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s K9 King Dies From Heat Exhaustion After Track

Lake Charles, LA – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) K9 King died on July 12 after suffering from heat exhaustion while tracking a domestic violence suspect.

The seven-year-old Belgian Malinois and his human partner, CPSO Senior Corporal Chris Duhon, responded to the area to help search for the suspect after he fled from deputies on foot on July 11, the department said in a Facebook post.

K9 King subsequently suffered complications due to heat exhaustion, and died later that night.

“Our K9s are like members of our family,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a Facebook post on July 22. “We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King. When a member of our family dies, we all hurt. I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time.”

K9 King served the CPSO for four years, according to his department.

He was involved in 204 building searches, 29 tracks, and 14 area searches over the course of his career, KPLC reported.

K9 King also helped patrol units and detectives in 113 calls for assistance, thereby preventing numerous acts of violence due to his “sheer presence alone,” the CPSO said.

Police were able to make 134 arrests without incident with K9 King’s help. He took down another 15 suspects who officers were unable to control, KPLC reported.

K9 King was honored with a police procession and a memorial service on July 28, according to his department.

“He’s part of this law enforcement family, and we wanted to make sure he was recognized in a proper way because of the work that they do,” Sheriff Mancuso told KPLC.

Cpl. Duhan said that K9 King was a fantastic officer who was always willing to work.

“He was recognized by the National Police K9 Association for taking a suspect into custody who refused to come out of a house,” the corporal told KPLC. “Upon King finding the guy, he disarmed him from two firearms that the guy had, waiting on us to come inside.”

Cpl. Duhan described K9 King in a Facebook post as “my eyes, my ears, my nose, my protector, my best friend, my partner and my son.”

“I cannot express and won’t even attempt to express the contributions my partner made to the community he served, and to me whom he protected,” he wrote in the touching tribute. “At times knowing he was going into battle, and disregarded natural instincts and put his life before mine.”

“Some will see him as only a dog, but to the lives he undoubtedly saved, and touched he will forever be CP109 K9 King, a hero. Here to take care of what needs taken care of, always ready to carry the burden,” Cpl. Duhon continued. “Rest easy son, if there’s a heaven for heroes, you’re there as the most beautiful of Gods creation, Man’s best friend, my best friend. In 1,000 lifetimes I’ll never deserve you.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Cpl. Duhan in the loss of K9 King.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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