K9 Rush

K9 Rush

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 1, 2018

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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

burglary, building search

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Are these magnificent creatures now with the Lord Himself in the Heavenly Realm? Pastor and Author Randy Alcorn at EPM.org certainly feels this is factual, and even devoted 2 chapters of his best selling “Heaven” book to establish his case. Many of his inspiring articles are at: https://www.epm.org/search/?q=Animals+in+Heaven. We can also get a glimpse of the Glorious Reunions awaiting their devoted Handlers, Trainers and Owners at ImagineHeaven.net May the Good Lord comfort these intelligent and brave animals and their human family and caring departments accordingly…

Joe Lanier
A former Asst. Chief with the Jasper Texas PD

November 30, 2018

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