K9 Aron

K9 Aron

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, June 12, 2023

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K9 Aron succumbed to heat exhaustion after the temperature monitoring alarm system failed while the patrol vehicle was idling.

K9 Aron was left in a patrol vehicle with the air conditioner running. All Houston Police Department canine vehicles are equipped with an alarm system that activates when the inside temperature rises to unsafe levels. The monitor system notifies the handler, sounds a horn, and can also lower the windows. The system malfunctioned when the air conditioner failed. When the handler returned to his vehicle and noticed K9 Aron in distress, he transported him to a veterinarian clinic where K9 Aron succumbed to heat exhaustion.

K9 Aron was an explosives detection canine and had served with the Houston Police Department for 1-1/2 years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois
  • Gender Male
  • Age 4
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

mechanical failure, eod canine

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The First & The Last

The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,
The first to react to protect his master,
The first to enter where danger lurks,
The first to detect the hidden intruder.
The first to take action against violence.
The first to sense his master’s joy.
The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.
The first to give his life in defense of his master.
The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.
They know him as a “Partner”, not just an animal.

- Author unknown -

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 19, 2023

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