Clarksville’s first K9 killed in the line of Duty
Police Service Dog (PSD) KING, a 4-1/2 year old German Shepherd assigned to Clarksville Police Department’s Canine Unit made the supreme sacrifice in May of 1978.
On the night of May 22nd, 1978, King was accompanying his partner, Officer Ralph Prost, in responding to a burglary in progress call. As Officer Prost approached the house, a man stepped out with a shotgun. He raised his weapon to fire at the officer and King, true to his training, sprang in front of Officer Prost, taking the shotgun blast to his body that was intended for his partner.
Police Service Dog King was laid to rest with the dignity and honor accorded to all law enforcement officers. He had given his life unconditionally.
During his law enforcement career. , King assisted in 1,366 backup calls and 42 apprehensions.