07/26/2007

N.M. K9 gets mayor's award

The Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A police dog who was choked and cut in the line of duty won an "A-plus award" from the mayor on Wednesday, as did his handler, officer Drew Bader.

The two apprehended a 19-year-old suspect who had fled from a stolen vehicle, Mayor Martin Chávez said in a ceremony at City Hall.

Rozko, the service dog, followed the suspect into the crawl space under a house during the July 10 incident. The suspect, armed with a knife, choked Rozko until he was nearly unconscious and cut him on the back of his neck.

Bader climbed under the crawl space, too, and as Rozko regained his wits the two apprehended the suspect.

Rozko was treated for his injuries and was back on the job the next day.

"It's a great example of partnership by man and animal," Chávez said. "As a result, Albuquerqueans are safer."

The mayor also announced an "A-plus award" would be given to Jeff Abernathy, a police officer who was hit by a truck while writing a ticket.

Abernathy was struck last month on Interstate 40.

The awards are given to outstanding Albuquerque citizens. About four are issued each year

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