K9 Rush

K9 Rush

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 1, 2018


K9 Rush died as the result of exposure to chemicals that occurred on September 23rd, 2018.

K9 Rush and his handler were clearing a building after responding to reports of a burglary in progress at the old Radius Specialty Hospital at 45 Townsend Street in Roxbury. During the search, K9 Rush ingested or inhaled toxic chemicals that were present in the building. The chemicals caused him to go into respiratory distress.

He was taken to a veterinary hospital where he remained for eight days until it was determined he could not recover, and he was humanely euthanized.

K9 Rush had served with the Boston Police Department as a patrol and narcotics detection canine for three years.


  • Breed German Shepherd
  • Gender Male
  • Age 4
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 23, 2018

building search, burglary


Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Commissioner William Gross
Boston Police Department
1 Schroeder Plaza
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Phone: (617) 343-4500

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