Sgt. Carol Ogrinc of the New Canaan Connecticut Police Department, has announced that K9 Rocky, a three year old male German Shepard, of their Police Department died during a training exercise with his handler. Rocky had successfully completed his task. As normal, he was given his usual toy ball as a reward.  As Rocky was playing and chewing on his “reward ball” it became lodged in his throat. 

His handler, Officer Michael McFadden, attempted to remove the blockage but was unable to open an air passage. McFadden used all measures of life-saving techniques available in an attempt to remove and bypass the blockage and get air into Rocky’s lungs.  Unfortunately, McFadden was not successful and K9 Rocky died of asphyxiation.

Rocky had served with the New Canaan Police Department for only six months.  K9 Rocky of the New Canaan Connecticut Police Department, gone but never forgotten.  EOW: Sunday, April 7, 2013.

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