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Officers honor fallen Fort Myers K9 Rosco

Sep. 15, 2010
Police dog funeral
Police dog funeral: Raw video: Fort Myers Police chief Doug Baker talks about the death police dog Rosco. Rosco was shot and killed while chasing a robbery suspect last week. Video by Dennis Culver
Fort Myers Police Officer Glenn Thompson carries the ashes of his canine partner Rosco following the police dog's funeral Thursday. / Dennis Culver/


12:42 p.m.

12:42 P.M. — Thompson carried the box containing Rosco's ashes and placed it in his patrol car.

A line of officers and funeral attendants are comforting Thompson.

12:26 p.m.

The funeral has made its way outside the church. Law enforcement officers are standing at attention for the playing of Taps and the 21-gun salute.

12:15 p.m.

Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker reaffirmed his belief Thursday that Rosco saved the life of officer Glenn Thompson.

"After reviewing some of the things I've seen, that dog saved the life of officer Thompson and other officers that were on that scene," Baker said.

"There is absolutely no question in my mind, and that's just impressive."

"This is something where the dog didn't pass away from a disease," Baker added. "It was shot and killed by a violent felon, who was trying to shoot at the officers."

Baker said Rosco was a hero with a lot of character and deserves to be honored.

"Not every dog has the character to be a police dog," he said. "Not every dog has that character and loyalty, but this dog did, and he saved the other officers that were on the scene."

Another police dog was injured during the incident last week.

Baker said K9 officer Axe still has an injured left paw but is expected to recover.

Baker said it is not yet known if Axe will be able to remain a police dog once he recovers.

11:57 a.m.

Officer Glenn Thompson said Rosco was the most social dog he'd ever seen.

"Whenever you looked at him his tail would just start to wag," he said.

But he understood when it was time to go to work.

"When I would put on my uniform he would get excited," Thompson said. Then he would run around to everyone in the house as if to say good bye.

Thompson thanked Rosco for saving his life.

"You will always be my hero," he said.

11:02 a.m.

As bagpipes played, honor guard members carried a box containing Rosco's ashes and a folded American flag into the church.

Officer Thompson and his family followed along with the dogs that are part of Fort Myers' K9 unit.

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Officers and Lee County sheriff's deputies are now filing into the church.

10:49 a.m.

A limousine carrying Officer Glenn Thompson and his family has pulled into McGregor Baptist Church, escorted by a line of police motorcycles.

10:37 a.m.

K9 units from across the state line the driveway at McGregor Baptist, waiting for the arrival of Rosco's partner Officer Glenn Thompson.

The dogs and their handlers are standing at attention.

10:11 a.m.

Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker called deceased K9 Rosco heroic and brave for his actions last week.

"I realize Rosco is a dog, but he gave his life for our community, to serve our community," Baker said.

K9 Axe, who was hit by what is believed to be the robbery suspect's getaway car, will be in attendance at the funeral today, Baker said.

10:04 a.m.

A long row of Fort Myers police cars with their lights flashing have started pulling in to the parking lot at McGregor Baptist. The barks of K9 officers can be heard in the background.

9:44 a.m.

K9 units from the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Sunrise Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department, Coconut Creek Police Department, Coral Gables Police Department, Plantation Police Department, Hollywood Police Department, Margate Police Department, Border Patrol, South Miami Police Department, Lauderhill Police Department, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office have also now shown up at the church to pay their respects.

9:22 a.m.

K9 units from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Miramar Police, Pembroke Pines Police, Port St. Lucie Police, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Collier County Sheriff's Office and the Cape Coral Police have already arrived at the church.

9:11 a.m.

Several law enforcement vehicles, including canine units are beginning to line up on a access road on the north side of the church next to Colonial Boulevard.

From this morning on

Fort Myers police officers and law enforcement from throughout Lee County will be attending the funeral of Fort Myers police K9 Rosco, who was shot to death while chasing a robbery suspect.

Rosco went after 17-year-old Kamyn Bright after police say they caught Bright trying to rob the McDonald's on Colonial Boulevard last week. Bright pulled out a gun and fired at Rosco. Officers later shot at Bright, who was killed in their fire.

Rosco's funeral is being held at McGregor Baptist Church on Colonial Boulevard at 11 a.m. It is open to the public and will feature full honors, like an aviation unit flyover and a 21-gun salute.

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