The Rose Festival Announces the Portland Police K-9 Unit as Junior Parade Grand Marshal
The Portland Rose Festival will honor the Portland Police Bureau K-9 Unit as Grand Marshal of the
nation’s largest and oldest all-children’s parade: The Fred Meyer Junior Parade. The Junior Parade is the only Rose Festival event to specifically feature children and pets for more than 70 years. Specially trained canines from this unit not only serve the community in law enforcement, but also bond with members of an officer’s personal family.
“The tireless and fearless loyalty these very special dogs bring to their service is awe inspiring,” says Jeff Curtis (CEO, Portland Rose Festival Foundation). “I would be proud to have one as a member of my
family, so I am very proud that we get to honor them in the Fred Meyer Junior Parade.”
Recently officer Jeff Dorn and his K-9 partner Mick were both shot while in pursuit of a burglary suspect (on April 16). Dorn survived being shot in both legs, but Mick was found dead several hours later (the first police dog to be killed on duty since 1987). “Mick lived and died not only as a good puppy, but as a hero in our hearts,” Dorn said.
The Rose Festival wanted to share about this heroic duo, so they posted about Mick and Officer Dorn at Facebook — and the entry immediately went viral, with responses from around the globe (it had more than 8,000 Likes, 6,000 Shares and a Reach of 659,000). You can visit that post HERE and share your thoughts.
The Portland Police K-9 Unit Facebook page states: “The Canine Unit presently consists of eight officers and two sergeants, each assigned a patrol dog. The patrol dogs are primarily used for searching for criminal suspects and evidence. Three patrol dogs are also assigned to the SERT team. When canine
officers are not deploying their dogs or training they provide direct patrol support for the entire city by covering on calls and conducting traffic enforcement.”