K9 Rocket

K9 Rocket

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Monday, September 19, 2022

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K9 Rocket died in his handler's patrol vehicle after the temperature monitoring alarm system failed while idling at the D.C. Police Facility at 2800 New York Avenue, Northeast.

K9 Rocket was left in the marked police K9 vehicle with the air conditioning running. All Metropolitan Police Department K9 vehicles are equipped with an alarm system that activates when the inside temperature rises to unsafe levels. The monitor system can also lower the windows. The system malfunctioned when the air conditioner failed.

K9 Rocket was an explosive detection dog assigned to the Special Operations Division.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix
  • Gender Male
  • Age 7
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

mechanical failure


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K-9 Rocket, Your beautiful haunting eyes tell the story of your determination, dedication and focus not doubt in everything you were asked to do. It is heartbreaking to think of you suffering, and impossible to make anything out of such senseless loss, but now you can rest in God's arms and join the ranks of His special favorites. May He give your partner and department peace and comfort.

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michgan

September 25, 2022

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