Devastating news from Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo:
It is with deep sadness that the Orange Police Department announces the line of duty death of Police K-9 Major.
Major was assisting his handler, Officer Chris Brown, at a disabled vehicle when he was struck and killed instantly by a commercial truck early Saturday morning, July 19, on Route 34 near Sodom Lane. Officer Brown was not injured.
Just short of 2 years old, Major, was a graduate of the Connecticut State Police 166th Patrol Dog Class in June 2014. During his brief career he assisted in several tracks. K-9 Major was an integral part of the Patrol Division and the Orange Police family.
The accident remains under investigation, however the operator of the truck stopped immediately and no charges are expected to be filed.
Chief Robert Gagne stated that, ” Our entire Department is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic accident. Officer Brown and K-9 Major made a great team and we are all concentrating on giving Chris our full support at this difficult time.”
No further information at this time.