Connecticut State Police posthumously honored fallen police dog Broko with the state’s inaugural K9 Medal of Valor, presented during a ceremony on January 16.
Broko sadly lost his life last month while attempting to subdue a fleeing suspect.
According to those present, his heroic actions protected the lives of state troopers and other officers that day.
Described as a “fallen hero,” K-9 Broko played a crucial role on December 21 when law enforcement sought to serve a warrant to Vaughn R. Malloy, 42, in connection with a 2022 shooting.
During the operation, Malloy attempted to escape, causing Broko to engage the suspect.
Tragically, Malloy fired several rounds at the police dog, resulting in its death. The suspect was later fatally shot by police.
Ronnell Higgins, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, spoke at the memorial ceremony.
“Broko was a hero,” Higgins stated, acknowledging the canine’s long and dedicated career in law enforcement.
Trooper First Class Gregory Fascendini, who had been Broko’s handler since 2020, remembered Broko for his enthusiasm and selflessness.
“At times, he was so dedicated and good at his job, I would just consider myself his chauffeur,” Fascendini remarked.
The tragic incident marks the first time a Connecticut State Police dog has been killed in the line of duty by gunfire.
A preliminary report from the state’s Office of Inspector General detailed the events, revealing that Malloy fired shots at the police dog and troopers during his attempt to flee.
The memorial service, held in honor of K-9 Broko, was restricted to Connecticut State Police sworn and civilian personnel or those invited by the family.
Not open to the general public or media, the service aimed to provide a private space for Broko’s family to mourn their loss.
In attendance at the service were K-9 teams from the New England State Police Administrators Conference, as well as teams from various Connecticut cities and towns.
Additionally, K-9 teams from across the country who had trained with the Connecticut State Police K-9 Unit were invited to join the ceremony.
For those unable to attend in person, the Connecticut State Police provided a livestream of the memorial service on their Facebook page, allowing viewers to pay their respects to K-9 Broko, who made the ultimate sacrifice.