Police dog accepted into hall of fame

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Rocco, the Pittsburgh K-9 who died in the line of duty last month, will be inducted into the Amen Corner Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, which honors officers who have made extraordinary contributions to law enforcement, according to a news release.

Other police dogs and their handlers have been inducted before, although Rocco is the first inductee who died serving his city. The 8-year-old German shepherd died Jan. 30 after he was stabbed while apprehending a fugitive in Lawrenceville.

“Our committee unanimously decided that Rocco’s dedication and bravery in helping to save the lives of four fellow law enforcement officers, while attempting to subdue a dangerous, armed suspect, met our criteria for heroism,” said Larry Dunn, founder and chairman of the awards. He said he hopes Rocco’s handler, Officer Phil Lerza, and others who helped arrest John Rush will be nominated so they also can be considered for an award.

The induction will take place at the organization’s 14th Annual Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon on Oct. 31 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

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