K9 Rao

K9 Rao

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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K9 Rao died of an illness.

K9 Rao had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for nine years.

K9 Rao was named after Senior Trooper Michael Rao who was struck and fatally injured a vehicle in the line of duty on June 10th, 2002, exactly 18 years to the day before K9 Rao was killed.


  • Breed Unknown Breed
  • Gender Male
  • Age Not available
  • Tour 9 years

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness


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Rest In Peace brave boy Rao. May you run free in Heaven as you watch over your handler until you both are reunited.

Jill Bernasek

July 3, 2020

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