K9 Kuno

K9 Kuno

Forest Heights Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Sunday, July 2, 2023

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K9 Kuno died after suffering heatstroke while searching a school building for a burglary suspect at about 3:00 pm with temperatures in the mid-90s.

K9 Kuno had been requested to assist the Prince George's County Police Department as they searched for the suspect in Morningside. Approximately 15 minutes into the search he began showing signs of heatstroke. His handler immediately returned him to their vehicle and gave him water, but he collapsed several minutes later. He was rushed to a local emergency veterinary hospital where he passed away.

K9 Kuno had served with the Forest Heights Police Department for four years.


  • Breed Belgian Malinois-German Shepherd mix
  • Gender Male
  • Age 5
  • Tour Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heatstroke

building search, burglary

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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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