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Hero Down: Forest Heights Police K9 Kuno Dies After Suffering Heatstroke During Building Search

Forest Heights, MD – Forest Heights Police Department (FHPD) K9 Kuno died in the line of duty on July 2 after suffering heatstroke while searching for a burglary suspect inside a school.

K9 Kuno, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix, responded with his human partner to a request for assistance from the Prince George’s County Police Department in Morningside at approximately 3 p.m. on July 2, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The PGCPD was searching a school building for a burglary suspect.

Temperatures were hovering in the mid-90s at the time, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

K9 Kuno began exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke about 15 minutes into the search, at which point his partner immediately returned him to their patrol unit.

He gave K9 Kuno water, but the police dog ended up collapsing several minutes later, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

K9 Kuno was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital, where he succumbed to his heat-related injury.

The FHPD confirmed his death in a press release later that night.

“It is with great sadness that the Forest Heights Police Department announces the tragic passing of K9 Kuno on July 2, 2023,” the department said. “K9 Kuno succumbed to a medical emergency while assisting our partner agency, the Prince George’s County Police Department, on a call for service.”

K9 Kuno was a member of the FHPD for four years and was the department’s longest-serving K9.

“We thank him for his loyalty and service,” the FHPD said. “We extended our thoughts and prayers to [his handler] A/Sgt. Grooms and the entire Forest Heights Police Department.”

Police escorted K9 Kuno’s body from Waldorf Emergency Care to Wade Funeral Home on Friday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Forest Heights Police Department and Sgt. Grooms in the loss of K9 Kuno.

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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