Officers Pay Respects to Fallen Braintree K9 at Gillette Stadium
Officers from all across Massachusetts gathered in Foxboro on Tuesday to honor fallen K9 Kitt, who died in the line of duty earlier this month.
The funeral procession was closed to the public and reserved only for invited guests, friends, family and law enforcement. The Massachusetts State Police shared photos from the procession Tuesday afternoon, showing human and K9 officers alike lining the procession's route outside Gillette Stadium, paying their final respects and saying goodbye to a dog that paid the ultimate sacrifice for her community.
K9 Kitt was killed and two Braintree officers were shot while searching for a man suspected in a domestic incident on June 5. Officers Matt Donoghue and William Cushing survived the shooting and were released from the hospital shortly after the incident, but unfortunately, Kitt did not make it. K9 Kitt served with the Braintree Police Department for 12 years, 11 of which he served alongside his partner in (fighting) crime, Officer Cushing.
K9 Kitt was recently honored here on the SouthCoast as well.
When 8-year-old Brantley Dubois of Marion heard K9 Kitt had been killed in the line of duty, he immediately wanted to help. Dubois began making and selling beaded bracelets in honor of the fallen K9, raising money for the Braintree Police Department and ensuring that Kitt's memory would live on. As of June 19, Dubois and his family had made an astounding 261 bracelets in Kitt's honor.