Friday, October 2, 2015

Hero Dog Given (Imitation) Purple Heart

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM

click to enlarge A local homeowner presents EPD Officer Leonard LaFrance and K-9 Vex with a token of his appreciation. - SUBMITTED
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The Eureka Police Department reports that plucky pooch K-9 Vex was presented with a chew toy and a dog-sized purple-heart medal today for his bravery on July 31, when he helped clear a local residence after a burglary. Vex cut his paw on broken glass in the course of duty and left several bloody paw prints inside the house. The owner of the residence (who wished to go unnamed) showed his gratitude and concern by coming by the EPD office today with a new toy and a purple heart that he had recently bought.

"It was a pretty special little moment," said EPD spokesperson Brittany Powell. Powell confirmed that Vex's paw is healed and he is back in action. A press release from the original burglary is included below.

From the Eureka Police Department:

On 07/31/15 at about 11:49 p.m., the Eureka Police Department Communications Center received a call from a resident on the 2500 block of California Street. The caller said their neighbor’s home was being burglarized.

Officers responded and observed a broken window to the rear of the residence and could see a person moving room to room inside. Officers secured a perimeter around the house.

The suspect, later identified as Thomas Prince, 31 of Eureka, became aware of the officers and attempted to flee out of a window. He was met by officers and retreated back inside. He then tried to flee out the front door but was again met by officers.

Officers lit up the residence with patrol vehicle spotlights and communicated with Prince with a loudspeaker. Prince was told to come out with his hands up. Prince eventually complied and was taken into custody without further incident.

K9 Vex cleared the residence and no other suspects were located. Prince was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and charged with Burglary, Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Parole Violation. Thank you to the caller for watching out for their neighbors and calling in a residential burglary.

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