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Hero Down: Detroit Mounted Police Horse Remi Dies Unexpectedly

Detroit, MI – Detroit Mounted Police (DMP) Police Horse Remi died unexpectedly on April 18.

The DMP confirmed the death of the 14-year-old Percheron/Morgan-cross in a press release later that day.

“We are deeply saddened to say that we lost 1 of our great mounts this morning,” the mounted police wrote.

Police Horse Remi served the DMP for six years.

“Remi along with his rider, Officer Matthew Miller, were a great team,” the agency said. “You could catch the 2 of them in Greek Town, Mexican Town, visiting kids at schools, football games and leading parades with their assigned beat Downtown.”

Police Horse Remi stood proudly at 17 hands and weighed more than 1,800 pounds.

“His stature was a perfect fit for controlling crowds when needed and his gentle demeanor and beauty suited those that wanted to pet him and pose with him for pictures,” the DMP said.

“Thank you Remi for your dedicated service,” the mounted police concluded. “Rest in peace big boy.”

Police Horse Remi’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Well over 200 people offered their condolences to the DMP and Officer Miller in response to the department’s announcement.

“My heart goes out to officer Miller and all the members of your division. I know how difficult it is to lose a trusted mount,” one message read. “Run free Remi in the field of heaven.”

“My condolences for your loss. Remi was a beautiful, beautiful horse,” another person wrote. “RIP REMI thank you for your service.”

Dozens of messages mentioned occasions where members of the community were able to interact with the beloved police horse.

“I loved giving him carrots,” one person wrote.

“We became buddies,” another woman recalled. “I loved Remi…RIP Beautiful Creature.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Detroit Mounted Police and Officer Miller in the loss of Police Horse Remi.

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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