Regional Law Enforcement K-9 Memorial
Submitted by Captain Jacob Carlisle of the Temple Terrace, Florida, Police Department.
On June 29, 2022, the Nam Knights Westside Motorcycle Club and city of Temple Terrace, Florida, dedicated the Regional Law Enforcement K-9 Memorial. It took several years to raise the necessary funds to build the monument.
During the dedication ceremony, Chief of Police Ken Albano of the Temple Terrace Police Department stated, “A law enforcement K-9 stands ready each and every time they go out to give everything that they have, including their lives, to protect their partner, to protect all of us, and to protect the citizens we serve.”
Positioned on the northeast corner of city hall’s parking lot, the bronze statue stands on an elevated platform inscribed with the words, “It is not just those with two legs who were born with a soul who have courage to wear the badge.” A patio of bricks surrounds the statue, each engraved with the names of area law enforcement K-9s who have reached their end of watch. Several of the bricks are also adorned with gold stars that designate K-9 handlers who have died in the line of duty.
The statue is modeled after Temple Terrace Police Department K-9 Aramis, whose watch ended on June 17, 2021. It not only bears his likeness but also has his name engraved on the collar. K-9 Aramis is the department’s longest serving and most decorated police dog, having served the citizens of his city for over seven years with honor, courage, and commitment to duty.
Along with his now-retired handler, K-9 Aramis was instrumental in apprehending over 200 suspects, recovering stolen items, and seizing vast amounts of illegal narcotics and firearms. K-9 Aramis’ tireless efforts provided a blanket of safety and security for the citizens and officers of Temple Terrace.
The memorial is a physical representation honoring the services provided by K-9 Aramis and all the other police dogs of the region.
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