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K9 Broko

Connecticut State Police, Connecticut

End of Watch Thursday, December 21, 2023

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Reflections for K9 Broko

Godspeed Broko, we have your partner, department and community in our hearts and prayers. You will forever be missed but never forgotten. Godspeed hero

Bernadene Loemker, Director
Running 4 Heroes

February 22, 2024

Run free at the Bridge Hero


January 28, 2024

Colonel Mellekas,

I am an artist that paints K9's that are lost in the line of service. I just finished a painting of Broko and plan to ship the painting early next week. I would like an email address to send the tracking information on the package. Thank you for the opportunity to honor your brave law enforcement officers. His image will be featured on my website.

My email is
[email protected]
Phone: 304-661-1641

Rose Dobbins

January 26, 2024

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office offers our condolences to your department on the loss of K9 Broko, whose selfless acts in the line of duty saved lives! All of us, especially our K9 division, recognize the important service provided by police K9 partners, and honor his ultimate sacrifice in serving your community.

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office
Bloomington, Indiana

January 25, 2024

Thank you K9 Broko for making the ultimate sacrifice. What many people do not understand is that police K9s are just as much police officers as their owners. You will be missed by so many people family, friends, and strangers alike. Truly a real-life superhero

River Brazwell

January 23, 2024

My heart will always wear the pawprints left by you.


January 5, 2024

Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man may have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. 
Gentlemen of the jury, a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privelge than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.

DFC Charles Szentkuti

January 2, 2024

RIP K9 Broko. Thank you for your service to the state of Connecticut

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

December 31, 2023

K9 Broko, CT State Police Badge 9013. RIP, you’re an American Hero. The State of Connecticut is greatly indebted to your service.

Prev. Dispatcher Ryan Graham #2772
Connecticut State Police

December 30, 2023

Our heart breaks with every 1st Responder K9 that is lost in the line of duty. We honor each and every one with a one mile run and the blue line flag that is carried by one of our Youth Runners and we will do so in honor of Broko. K9s hold a special place in our heart. The bond between a K9 Handler and his partner are so misunderstood by most. Broko was a loyal, loving and amazing partner for 4 years who lived 24 hours a day of his life with his best friend. They are loyal to a fault and only desire love, companionship and to protect those they live for.

God bless you Broko, may you Rest In Peace and know how loved you were.

Bernadene Loemker, Director
Running 4 Heroes (K9)

December 28, 2023

Dear Colonel Stavros Mellekas:

I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Police K-9 Broko, your loyal and brave canine. I can only imagine how difficult this time must be for you and your fellow officers at the Connecticut State Police. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your esteemed K-9 Broko.

It is evident that Police K-9 Broko was not just a highly trained member of your team but also a beloved companion and a true asset to the community. The dedication and commitment of both the K-9 and their handler are evident in the invaluable services they provide, from tracking down suspects to detecting dangerous substances.

The bond between a police K-9 and their handler is unparalleled, built on trust, loyalty, and mutual respect. Losing a K-9 partner is like losing a member of the family, and I can only imagine the sense of loss and grief the handler must be experiencing. Please know that you and your fellow officers are in my thoughts during this challenging time.

Police K-9 Broko has left a lasting impact on the community through exceptional service and unwavering dedication. Bravery in the face of danger and commitment to ensuring public safety are commendable and greatly appreciated.

As you and your colleagues mourn the loss of Police K-9 Broko, please remember that you are not alone. The community stands with you, grateful for the sacrifices you make daily to protect and serve.

Having served as a Law Enforcement Professional for 44 years, and as a law enforcement family, if there is anything we can do to offer support or assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.

May the memories of Police K-9 Broko and the legacy left behind provide you with comfort and strength during this tough time. Police K-9 Broko’s service will not be forgotten, and Police K-9 Broko’s impact on the community will continue to be felt for years to come.

Please share this letter and its contents with Police K-9 Max’s handler.

With deepest sympathy,

Don P. Jensen Sr. - PM, PP, PGP, DrE
Chief of Police (retired)

December 26, 2023

Never Above You
Never Below You
Always Beside you

Thank you Broko #9013

Retired, TFC Brink #709 & K9 Brody #
CT State Police

December 24, 2023

Lord God of unfailing love, to those families of our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a Law Enforcement K-9 family member in the Line-of-Duty, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. Amen.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

“And ALL flesh shall see the salvation of God.” [Luke 3:6 ESV]

“For NOT ALL flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.” [1 Corinthians 15:39 ESV]

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” [Matthew 25:23 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
Ordained Christian Global Outreach Minister No. 36526
Intercessor for America’s Fallen Peace Officers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

December 24, 2023

RIP Broko

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service (Retired)

December 23, 2023

K9 Broko, your desire to serve and willingness to accept any challenge puts you in the ranks of very special K9 heroes. Such devotion to your partner, family and department has not gone unnoticed. Surely your shielding your partner with your life will be remembered. Your partner can look up to the sky to find the star God named for you. May He give comfort those who loved you. It is an awesome thing to think about what you gave - let your partner's heart know you are well and enjoying your reward!

Susan King
Civilian Supporter, Michigan

December 23, 2023

Never Above You
Never Below You
Always Beside you

Thank you Broko #9013

Retired, TFC Brink #709 & K9 Brody #
CT State Police

December 23, 2023

Rest In Peace! Thank You For Your Service!

Pedro Rodriguez; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvani
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

December 23, 2023

You can now update that the suspect is deceased

Ret. Animal Control Officer
Mashantucket PD

December 23, 2023

I am sad to learn of the passing of a hero in K9 Broko. believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Handler, Family and all members of theConnecticut State Police, Connecticut

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

December 22, 2023

Rest in Peace K9 Broko. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the handler and the Connecticut State Police.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

December 22, 2023

Rest in Peace CSP K9 Broko. Freetime.

Sergeant (Retired) Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

December 22, 2023

Broko, you are a true hero. Thank you for your service

Ava Kleppan

December 22, 2023

So Sorry For Your Loss

Po Colleen Curran
NYPD Firearms Instructor

December 22, 2023

K9 Broko cross over the Rainbow Bridge and enjoy running and playing with the other fallen heroes who gave their lives to save officers and the public.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

December 22, 2023

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