Hero K9 Opens Gate with Paw to Rescue Sheriff Partner

Posted by Krissy Howard
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A K9 officer is being praised as a hero after using his paw to open a gate in order to save his partner.

K9 Officer Lex is not your average dog, and he's being celebrated as a hero for going above and beyond his duties, which helped save his partner while on the job.

An officer with the Adams County Sheriff's Office in Colorado, three-year-old Lex, a Belgian Malinois, was on duty with a Sheriff's deputy, who is also his handler. The pair were investigating a trespassing call when the man the officer was questioning jumped a fence and attempted to run off, according to a Facebook post shared by the Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado.

On August 6 at 1 a.m., an Adams County deputy responded to a trespass in progress in Shaw Heights. As he was...

Posted by Adams County Sheriff's Office, Colorado on Thursday, August 10, 2017

The officer followed, and the two were on the other side of the fence from Lex when they began fighting. It was then that the K9 officer used his paw to unlatch the gate and assist his handler, helping him apprehend the man (who was later identified as 25-year-old Gabriel Steven Garcia.)

For his efforts, Lex, a certified narcotics and police patrol K9 officer through both the Colorado Police Canine Association and the National Police Canine Association, was praised by his peers.

"Our deputies view canine Lex as a hero for saving the day. We appreciate everyone in the K-9 Unit and their hard work to keep us safe," said Adams County Undersheriff Harold Lawson, in the Facebook post.


Lex isn't the only K9 using his training and natural work ethic to benefit those around him. Lately, more and more police departments are looking to shelters and rescues to train dogs that might be suitable for police work. To read more about one organization that pulls and trains adoptable dogs, check out this article featuring the organization Universal K9.

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