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Hero Down: Cedar Park Police K9 Rogue Suffers Fatal Heart Attack During Training

Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Police Department (CPPD) K9 Rogue died in the line of duty Nov. 8 after suffering a heart attack during training.

The nine-year-old Belgian Malinois was participating in training exercises when the fatal medical emergency struck, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The CPPD announced the beloved K9’s death in a Facebook post the following day.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts we announce that K9 Rogue suffered a medical emergency and passed away last night,” the CPPD said.

K9 Rogue served alongside his “partner and best friend,” CCPD Officer Justin Gower, for seven years, according to the post.

He worked in narcotics detection, patrol, and tracking, and loved meeting up with members of the community to show off his skills.

“K9 Rogue – you will forever live in our hearts and memories,” the CPPD said. “This family won’t be the same without you. Thanks for being the best boy.”

K9 Rogue and his family were honored with a ceremony and law enforcement procession through Cedar Park on Nov. 20, KVUE reported.

The department shared photos to Twitter showing K9 officers saluting the fallen K9’s flag-draped casket and presenting his family with a folded U.S. flag.

“A final farewell to our loyal companion and friend,” the CPPD captioned the images. “We will forever honor your life & service K9 Rogue. Thank you so much to all of you in the community who lined the procession route. It was so powerful for Officer Gower and his family.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cedar Park Police Department and Officer Gower in the loss of K9 Rogue.

Written by
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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Written by Holly Matkin


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