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For the first time ever, fallen K9 heroes are remembered during National Police Week

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WASHINGTON (Circa) -- As part of National Police Week, the National Police Dog Foundation is hosting its very first K9 memorial service on Friday at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The service will include a wreath-laying ceremony to honor fallen K9 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

In addition to the ceremony, the National Police Dog Foundation will be launching a K9 Memorial Fund that's meant to both help pay for the memorial service and help fund the costs associated with training replacement K9 officers.

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Earlier this year, Circa interviewed an Alexandria Police Officer about the importance of purchasing ballistic and stab protective vests for every K9 officer.

Police dogs often get to suspects first, but many don't have bulletproof vests like cops do.

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